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Democracy

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MeRA25: Government amendment ‘amputates democracy to save it from amputation’

MeRA25: Government amendment ‘amputates democracy to save it from amputation’ The opposition MeRA25 party on Friday expressed its objections to the proposed legislation intended to bar those convicted of forming criminal organisations from participating in elections, saying it amounted to an “amputation of democracy”. The opposition MeRA25 party on Friday expressed its objections to the […]

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Economist survey shows democracy in Greece improved in 2022

Economist survey shows democracy in Greece improved in 2022 The quality of democracy in Greece recovered in 2022 after a decade of decline due the economic crisis, and despite the recent wiretapping case, according to the annual report of the Economist Intelligence Unit based on the Democracy Index. The report divides states into full democracies, […]

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Tsipras Tells Greeks Election Choice Simple: Democracy or Mitsotakis?

Tsipras Tells Greeks Election Choice Simple: Democracy or Mitsotakis? February 2, 2023 Alexis Tsipras, President of SYRIZA – Progressive Alliance, speaks at the Municipal Gymnasium of Peristeri “Andreas Papandreou”, Wednesday 1 February 2023. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Mihalis Karagiannis) ATHENS – Taking off the gloves and going into full battle mode to really kick off the rematch […]

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Greece Climbs on the Economist’s Democracy Index for 2022

Greece Climbs on the Economist’s Democracy Index for 2022 Greece has climbed nine places in the “Democracy Index” ranking for 2022 according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published on Wednesday. Greece’s overall score rose to 7.97 in 2022, up from 7.56 in 2021 lifting the country from 34th place to 25th. The annual survey […]

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Exercising self-restraint

Exercising self-restraint We pity Greek democracy for the toxicity of its public political discourse, forgetting that the same and worse things happen elsewhere. Fortunately, our Parliament has not been attacked by an armed mob.  Divisions are the symptom of the times in many democracies. But this is no reason for complacency. Greece recently paid a […]

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Tsapanidou: ‘Mitsotakis scandal’ now collectively burdens New Democracy

Tsapanidou: ‘Mitsotakis scandal’ now collectively burdens New Democracy The “Mitsotakis scandal” now burdens the whole of the New Democracy party after its MPs voted against the motion of censure tabled by SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, the main opposition party spokesperson Popi Tsapanidou said on Monday morning, speaking on SKAI television. The “Mitsotakis scandal” now burdens the whole […]

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MRB poll gives ruling conservatives 5.9-point lead over SYRIZA

MRB poll gives ruling conservatives 5.9-point lead over SYRIZA Ruling New Democracy maintains a lead of 5.9 points over leftist opposition SYRIZA, according to a poll conducted by MRB and presented on Open TV Thursday. New Democracy garnered 30.2%, compared to 24.3% by SYRIZA, ahead of center-left PASOK on 10.5%, communist KKE (5%), nationalist Greek […]

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The stakes in Turkey’s elections: From Turkish democracy to the Aegean

The stakes in Turkey’s elections: From Turkish democracy to the Aegean Turkey’s elections are drawing the attention of the world, and many – including The Economist – are describing them as the country’s last chance for democracy. Expert Steven Cook joins Thanos Davelis to look at the stakes involved in these elections, from what they […]

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Poll Shows New Democracy Keeps 7.5 Percent Lead Over SYRIZA

Poll Shows New Democracy Keeps 7.5 Percent Lead Over SYRIZA January 25, 2023 New Democracy headquarters in Athens. (Photo: Eurokinissi) ATHENS – With elections looming this spring, the ruling New Democracy has maintained a 7.5 percent lead over the sniping major opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, unlikely enough to form a government. The poll taken by Pulse […]

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From phobic to militant democracy, constitutionally

From phobic to militant democracy, constitutionally Modern liberal democracy can easily become phobic, but is hesitant to act as a militant democracy. It is anxious and fearful about election results in several Western countries – e.g. the recent congressional midterm elections – where the choices of the electorate may call into question the very values […]

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Poll gives ruling ND 7.5-point lead over SYRIZA

Poll gives ruling ND 7.5-point lead over SYRIZA Ruling New Democracy maintains a lead of 7.5 points over opposition SYRIZA, according to the first major poll in 2023 conducted by Pulse and presented on Skai TV’s main newscast on Tuesday evening. New Democracy garnered 33.5%, compared to 26% by leftist SYRIZA, ahead of center-left PASOK […]

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Export democracy to the Greek diaspora – an oxymoron!

Export democracy to the Greek diaspora – an oxymoron! The cosmopolitan city of Melbourne in Australia, which also happens to be the capital of the Greek diaspora, is currently hosting the recreation of the Parthenon on the Acropolis as “The Temple of Boom.” Australia is a beacon of democracy, and has embedded similar values and […]

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First poll in 2023: Difference ND-SYRIZA below 7%

In the first public opinion poll for 2023, the difference between ruling conservative New Democracy and main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA has fallen below 7 percent, as the price hikes keep bothering the Greek public. According to ALCO conducte don behalf of Alpha TV, the difference between ND and SYRIZA is 6.9 points. A rise […]

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Mitsotakis: New Democracy aiming for absolute majority in second round of elections

Mitsotakis: New Democracy aiming for absolute majority in second round of elections The goal of New Democracy is to get an absolute majority in parliament in the second round of the general elections, Prime Minister and President of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed on Monday at the joint meeting of the Executive Secretariat and the […]

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Campaign strategies for New Democracy and SYRIZA

Campaign strategies for New Democracy and SYRIZA There is a tendency for main opposition SYRIZA to be underestimated in public opinion polls. This happened repeatedly in the past decade. In that context the massive difference between the two main parties shown in most surveys seems fictitious. It is hard to believe that after four years […]

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The Parthenon Marbles and democracy

The Parthenon Marbles and democracy There is indeed a basis to the opposition’s fear that the government will use a possible return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece in its pre-election campaign to garner votes. They would be stupid not to. Wouldn’t the other political parties do likewise if they were in power? Despite the […]

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SYRIZA: PM didn’t dare’ to expel Himaras but kept him in New Democracy

SYRIZA: PM didn’t dare’ to expel Himaras but kept him in New Democracy Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, in an announcement following the resignation on Wednesday of ruling New Democracy MP for Fthiotida Themis Himaras, again accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of “not daring” to dismiss the MP himself and keeping silent. Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, […]

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MEP Spyraki pays back 21,240 euros amid allowance probe

MEP Spyraki pays back 21,240 euros amid allowance probe New Democracy MEP Maria Spyraki has deposited 21,240 euros with the European Parliament “so that there is no difference between my office’s budget and the European Parliament’s for the period 2016-2020,” as she noted in a post, stressing this is an amount received by a former […]

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Socialists throw down the gauntlet to ND and SYRIZA

Socialists throw down the gauntlet to ND and SYRIZA Bidding to put the political onus on ruling New Democracy and SYRIZA, socialist leader Nikos Androulakis said the two parties must lay out their cards, pledging to move immediately after the elections, not in a general and vague way, but by agreeing on specific convergences on […]

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MEP Spyraki’s New Democracy membership suspended pending investigation

MEP Spyraki’s New Democracy membership suspended pending investigation Greek MEP Maria Spyraki has had her membership of the ruling New Democracy (ND) party suspended until European authorities conclude the investigation of a case in which she is a person of interest, following a decision by ND party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, according to an announcement on […]

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ND suspends Spyraki’s party membership amid fraud investigation

ND suspends Spyraki’s party membership amid fraud investigation Ruling New Democracy Friday suspended the party membership of MEP Maria Spyraki amid an ongoing fraud investigation. Spyraki will not be able to run in next year’s nationwide elections until her status has been restored. The European Union’s Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi Thursday requested the lifting […]

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Greece’s ruling New Democracy Group visits NYC and other Diaspora locales

Greece’s ruling New Democracy Group visits NYC and other Diaspora locales A delegation of the Diaspora Sector of Greece’s ruling New Democracy party visited New York City December 1-4. The group included Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, Secretary for the Diaspora, and two deputy secretaries responsible for U.S.-Canada issues, Orsaki Roussetou, and Leonidas Markantonatos. The purpose of the […]

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Wiretapping issue damages democracy and national security, says Tsipras

Wiretapping issue damages democracy and national security, says Tsipras The surveillance of “party leaders, deputies, ministers, MPs and MEPs, journalists, businesspeople and judges that were revealed in recent months damage democracy at its core,” SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday. The main opposition party leader was speaking to local media in the northwestern city […]

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The erosion of trust

The erosion of trust A look back at the period after the restoration of democracy in Greece in 1974 shows that pre-election periods always heighten expectations, due to lavish pre-election promises and the distribution of handouts. And this is how the economic climate usually improves during that time. It’s happening again now. The reaction of […]

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Οutstanding issues put the brakes on immediate Greek election scenarios

Οutstanding issues put the brakes on immediate Greek election scenarios The government and New Democracy party machines are emphatically upping the ante and, amid incessant election-time scripting, the blue camp is attempting the maximum possible mobilization of forces. Even if Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his latest positions (within and outside Greece) insists on holding elections at […]

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ND commands 7.3-point lead in poll

ND commands 7.3-point lead in poll Ruling New Democracy commands a 7.3-point lead over leftist opposition party SYRIZA regarding people’s intention to vote if elections were to be held now, according to a new nationwide poll. The poll by the Alco company conducted on behalf of private broadcaster Alpha shows that almost two-thirds (64%) responded […]

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Tsipras: Democracy in state of emergency

Tsipras: Democracy in state of emergency Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Friday highlighted issues of democracy in light of the furore regarding phone tappings, speaking at his party’s parliamentary group. Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Friday highlighted issues of democracy in light of the furore regarding phone tappings, speaking […]

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A reminder Americans should never take democracy for granted

A reminder Americans should never take democracy for granted I needed to get back to my city. The mood amongst all of my friends and family in Washington, with no exception, was one of fear, depression, and even panic. There was still this reoccurring shock at what appeared to be an impending free-fall of democracy, […]

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‘Struggle for democracy is constant,’ president says at Athens Polytechnic memorial

‘Struggle for democracy is constant,’ president says at Athens Polytechnic memorial The 1973 Athens Polytechnic student uprising marked the “beginning of the end” of the seven-year military dictatorship that ruled Greece with an iron fist from 1967 to 1974 and was a “foundation stone” in the Metapolitefsi, the process of restoring democracy, Greek President Katerina […]

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Athenian democracy makes us reflect on war and peace

Athenian democracy makes us reflect on war and peace In France and Australia, November 11 is commemorated as the day when the First World War ended. For both countries, it remains a day of reflection. As an Australian I am not alone in having a great-grandfather who, after surviving Gallipoli, was gravely wounded in France’s […]

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