The Samaras Shuffle Under Way

Greek PM Antonis Samaras (L) with PASOK leader Evangelos Venizels
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (L) with his new ally and former rival, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizels

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos were to meet on June 24 to discuss a shakeup in the Cabinet that will dump some of the Premier’s ministers and replace them with Socialists to reward Venizelos for backing his decision to shut down the national broadcaster ERT and fire all its 2,656 workers.

Venizelos was serving in a coalition with the New Democracy leader and the tiny Democratic Left (DIMAR) whose chief, Fotis Kouvelis, walked over the ERT issue, refusing to accept – as did Venizelos – a compromise to bring back some of the workers temporarily and finally obey a June 17 court order to restore the station’s signal. Samaras wants to replace ERT with a slimmed-down version to be called NERIT and staffed with 1000-1200 former ERT workers.

“The government went through a rough patch over the last few days but it stood on its feet and continues with renewed determination and much better cooperation,” Samaras told To Vima newspaper.

Kouvelis withdrew his two ministers – Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis and Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis – from the government following the breakdown of a third round of coalition talks aimed at mending the impasse over ERT.

The New Democracy-PASOK alliance of former rivals controls only 153 of the 300 seats in Parliament but a few of the 14 Independents say they will back Samaras’ implementation of more reforms demanded by international lenders and Kouvelis said he would consider doing so on a case-by-case basis.

Media reports said that PASOK would get one minister for every two from New Democracy and that Venizelos might be named Deputy Prime Minister and possibly even Foreign Minister to replace Dimitris Avramopoulos, who had voiced some dissent over Samaras’ handling of the ERT closure.

Among those expected to keep their posts are Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias, Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni and Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is also expected to remain in place.

ND deputies Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Makis Voridis are also rumored to be candidates for posts. Voridis bolted the far right-wing LAOS party to join New Democracy.


  • Alex

    “Journalist” Dablis once again showing how he “cares” about the Greek people… by supporting nepotism and bloat at ERT,,,,solely because it effects his potential job prospects in Greece. No conflict of interest there.

    Write any stories for US military funded setimes.com lately Mr. Patriot? How much do they pay you to spew your anti-Greek articles that manipulatively frame massive numbers of illegals as “immigrants”?

    As an alleged “journalist” (aka leftist blogger for hire to highest bidder) do you ever bother to ask them why do they offensively pretend not to notice the former Yugoslavians sudden transformation? Why they never mention the US government used to military support us on this issue? Or do you just take their money and pretend not to notice?

  • thes8niki

    for anyone still confused about where nazi alex’s true colors lie. those poor german banks who were “forced” to lend money and were thus subsequently bailed out by the fascist mantra of privatize profits and socialize losses. boo hoo hoo

    “Alex • 24 minutes ago

    You mean the German banks that were robbed (EMPHASIS ADDED) blind by thieving leftists like you that constantly shamelessly demand handouts from others?”

    Alex • 2 hours ago

    Of course defaulting is a matter of morality you idiot.

    Alex

    Right comrade. I am a “Nazi” for stating the morally obvious. We are the ones that stole money from the Germans.

    11:46 p.m., Thursday June 20

    Alex

    You mean the German banks that were robbed blind by thieving leftists like you that constantly shamelessly demand handouts from others?

    11:24 p.m., Thursday June 20

  • Alex

    Ah. look. The far left basket case that also slanders the EU and US “fascist” is too lazy to type out his own posts so he just cut and pastes the same thing over and over again.

    As I said troll, If you can’t be bothered to say anything new, I’ll cut and paste as a response to you too.

    ,,,,,
    What you bizarrely think is a point against me is a point for me you imbecile. We did indeed rob the Germans (and others). Unfortunately shameless slanderous far leftist parasites like you can only think how to suck back the money of others. No concern for what you yourself produce. Everyone else is to blame for your personal economic problems… except you yourself.

  • ibid

    Fat Venny, you know, that arch socialist aka leftist is living high off the hog courtsesy of his good freind Shifty Samaras.
    Let the good times roll.

  • Alex

    Vote for GD or communists then. I prefer moderation.

  • ibid

    Moderation? You’re funny…….

  • Alex

    Compared to 2 and 3? Most certainly yes. Vote for extremists if you prefer.