Greek political scene is in a state of extreme polarisation

Greek political scene is in a state of extreme polarisation

Athens, December 16, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Conditions of extreme polarisation between the government and the opposition are formed in the greek political scene, 48 hours from the first presidential ballot. The powerful reverberations, however, as is pointed out by experienced analysts are “transferred recklessly” in the territory of the economy, which nevertheless monitors the rivalries without intervening, attempting a calm assessment of the situation.

On the occasion of yesterday’s morning appearance of government spokesperson Sophia Vooltepsis on Mega television, who attempted to “cash” in the domestic front, relevant international reports according to which any election will mean the automatic creation of a “negative credit event”, the president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, spoke of a “clear undermining of the Republic” and denounced that “Antonis Samaras is capable of instigating a bank run to hurt SYRIZA and achieve his political goal, ignoring the damage to the economy and stability”.

The morning statements of Sofia Vooltepsis, which she later attempted to refute, have caused a political fever. Capitalising on relevant international publications, and the recent analysis of Moody’s, government spokesperson, employing dramatic tones, highlighted among other things that: “we need all MPs to understand that there is no time for what they are discussing. The country unfortunately is once again on the edge. We have been warned by the international rating agencies that the notice of election will create a credit event in the country”.

She added in the same wavelength, that “it is not a dictatorship, it is reality …there is a very big problem, the country was already in the recovery process, had already begun its development, we are discussing the agreement that will takes us out of the Memorandum and suddenly people want to take us back, presumably because they do not want us to leave the Memorandum”.

In Koumoundouros they have noted the statements of Prime Minister’s close associate Chrysanthos Lazaridis who estimated last week in the House, that at the moment the numbers might not point to the achievement of a “presidential majority”, however, he left open the possibility to achieve the “magic number” of 180 MPs, under the pressure of social dynamics.

Among all this it was made known that the foreign investment firm Capital Group gradually withdraws its portion in Greek shares. Athens Stock Exchange announced that the Capital Group made known, that last week it proceeded to sell 81 million shares of Eurobank, which accounted for about 19% of the shares, but also significant rates in other companies of high capitalisation ratio. The Capital Group is the investment group that was allegedly alarmed by the SYRIZA program presented by Milias and Stathakis in London.

Coupled with the noteworthy statements of Vooltepsis, the Political Secretariat and Communication staff of SYRIZA had an extraordinary meeting at noon on Monday, with president Alexis Tsipras warning that “Samaras is capable of staging a bank run, with an artificial flight of capitals, with the help of sympathizers entrepreneurs, in order to make a convincing argument of fear. The people are knowledgeable however. Those who attempt it will be held accountable”.

Raising the confrontational tones, he said bluntly to the Prime Minister, that “he has become dangerous for the country. He does not appear to be at all concerned with the stability of the economy. He has adopted the logic: “I will take down whatever I can with me in my demise”.

Tsipras did not fail to comment that “government and troika, after having agreed on a new hard measures, now jointly arrange the intimidation of MPs to overcome the obstacle of the Presidential election”.

He said finally that “no matter how many tricks they attempt, they will not succeed. They will backfire on them and they will be held accountable”.

A little later, under the weight of both impressions caused and the clear distances by members of the coalition regarding Vooltepsis’ statements, the latter returned with a clarifying statement noting that “the government has shielded the country from any danger”, and explained that she referred to the messages and publications from abroad, to the report of the international firm Moody’s on a “negative credit event”, and the downgrades by international agencies of countries such as France and Finland.