Venize­los falls out with DIMAR over PES ap­proach

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Re­la­tions be­tween PASOK and Demo­cratic Left (DIMAR), coali­tion part­ners un­til just over six months ago, reached a new low yes­ter­day when PASOK leader Evan­ge­los Venize­los attacked the fel­low center-left party over its at­tempt to join the Party of Euro­pean So­cial­ists (PES).

Venize­los slammed DIMAR af­ter its leader, Fo­tis Kou­velis, met with Aus­trian MP Hannes Swo­boda, who heads the so­cial­ist group­ing in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. The deputy prime min­is­ter sug­gested that the only Greek party that could be­long to PES is PASOK. “Some peo­ple have the im­pres­sion that they can be­have like par­a­sites against PASOK and, thereby, at the ex­pense of the Party of Euro­pean So­cial­ists,” he said.

The PASOK chief’s out­burst comes in the wake of Kou­velis re­ject­ing Venize­los’s pro­posal for PASOK and DIMAR to com­bine forces for May’s Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions. Venize­los in­sisted yes­ter­day that the in­vi­ta­tion to DIMAR re­mains on the ta­ble.

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