Greek Political Scene Scattered in Pieces



Greek ParliamentThe political scene of crisis-ridden Greece seems to be scattered in pieces, as no less than fifteen new political parties and as many political movements have been founded, seeking their own place in the Greek political spotlight.

Former ministers, political leaders and simple citizens, foreseeing that the end of the two major parties is close, try their luck in politics. While others want to only survive and become reelected to the Greek parliament, some aspire to avenge their opponents by winning over their voters, while some hope that through their efforts a new chapter of politics will begin.

In any case, polls don’t give room for much speculation. Only “National Dawn,” the new ultranationalist movement by Golden Dawn, and “To Potami” by Greek journalist Stavros Theodorakis, seem to be getting a share of votes. The rest of the parties are hoping in mergers so as to survive, while there are also parties that have been formed just to create a fuss.

Meanwhile, traditional parties of the center-left like SYRIZA, PASOK and DIMAR have changed their names for the upcoming elections, demonstrating a sudden need for renewal, restoration or even transformation.

In all major Greek parties, however, political faces seem to have become damaged beyond repair. The political scene in Greece has become so unstable because over the past three years, all controversies weren’t based on ideologies but rather on the dilemma, bailout package: yes or no.

Some of the new parties that were founded include:

  • In the left and center-left political scene:

To Potami (The River) – Stavros Theodorakis
Agreement for the New Greece – Andreas Loverdos
Plan B – Alekos Alavanos
Olive Tree – Democratic Alignment – Evangelos Venizelos

  •  In the conservative right political scene:

National Dawn – former Golden Dawn
Greeks European Citizens – Jorgo Chatzimarkakis
Union for the Homeland and the People – Vyron Polydoras