Po­lit­i­cal over­haul

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PA­PACHELAS

the party’s debts and non-ex­is­tent or­ga­ni­za­tional abil­i­ties demon­strate this. While sev­eral top of­fi­cials are eye­ing the con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship, no one in par­tic­u­lar seems to be stand­ing out. One so­lu­tion would be for the party to be re-launched un­der a dif­fer­ent name with a clear ide­o­log­i­cal mark and pos­si­bly of­fi­cials from other po­lit­i­cal sec­tors. Greece will need a cen­ter-right gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing the SYRIZA chap­ter. In its cur­rent form New Democ­racy can­not meet this his­tor­i­cal chal­lenge. To a large ex­tent the party is iden­ti­fied with a past that the peo­ple want to for­get. New faces, a new brand and a clear open­ing are re­quired. Another so­lu­tion that is on the cards is that of a large pro-Euro­pean coali­tion. It is be­ing dis­cussed broadly and is based on the union of ND, PA­SOK and To Po­tami. This has sev­eral prob­lems. To be­gin with, there is no in­dis­putable leader to spear­head such a for­ma­tion, although so­lu­tions do ex­ist re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial can­di­date for prime min­is­ter to be put for­ward by such a coali­tion. There are also ques­tions re­gard­ing whether such a for­ma­tion would ac­tu­ally get more votes than all three par­ties to­gether. A third so­lu­tion is for things to stay as they are. Many ex­perts be­lieve that SYRIZA will be crushed by its own in­ter­nal prob­lems and that Tsipras will be done by the end of the year. They es­ti­mate that To Po­tami will sur­vive po­lit­i­cally, ND will stand on its feet and that PA­SOK will not col­lapse. “Given

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