Venizelos, Papandreou agree to disagree
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos is due to meet former Prime Minister Costas Simitis today as he continues his efforts to generate a greater sense of unity in his party after holding talks with his predecessor George Papandreou yesterday.
However, the meeting between the deputy prime minister and the ex-premier highlighted the differences of opinion between the two politicians, despite Venizelos describing the talks as “friendly and positive.”
Sources said that Papandreou stressed his disappointment with the government’s stance over the last few weeks in relation to the troika. The ex-prime minister also expressed concern at the slow pace of reforms.
However, a key point of disagreement between the two men is Venizelos’s plans for PASOK to take on a new form. After gaining 8 percent in the European Parliament elections in May as part of a center-left alliance whose full name was Olive Tree-Democratic Alignment, Venizelos indicated he would like PASOK to be at the heart of a new movement that would go by the name of Democratic Alignment. Papandreou, whose father Andreas founded PASOK, is against this idea and raised the issue yesterday.
Venizelos said in a statement that Papandreou “has some ideas” regarding PASOK that would be “taken into account.”