Sociologist: There is no opposition in Greece

21.11.2023, Athens.

The left-wing political space in Greece is undergoing such a crisis that it is enabling the government to pass laws that no government would dare to pass, Dimitris Mavros, director of Greek research company MRB, told ERT on November 20.

Mavros was commenting on the crisis in Greece’s opposition party SYRIZA and the overall political situation in the country. According to him, Greece’s political space is “sick” and in transition.

He noted that SYRIZA “appears to be disintegrating,” while the other major opposition party, PASOK, has yet to recover from the recent turmoil.

On the even more left-wing, there is “a huge fog in which not even proposals can be heard.” This explains, in particular, the continuous rise of the Greek Communist Party, which remains the “constant” in which people look for security and reliability, the analyst said.

He said the left-wing crisis is beginning to “further fuel the omnipotence of the current government of [Prime Minister] Kyriakos Mitsotakis.” The situation gives the government the opportunity, with due caution, “to undertake some reforms that in another situation no government would dare to undertake,” Mavros emphasized.

He said that in the coming days or months “we will see similar bills” as the government “no longer has an opponent in the face of the opposition.”

According to him, the problem of the left is ideological, among other things. This significantly complicates the situation a lot.

The New Democracy party won 158 seats in the 300-seat Greek Parliament in the 2023 elections. SYRIZA’s results (47 seats) were assessed as a failure. The leader of the party Alexis Tsipras resigned.

He was replaced by openly gay Stefanos Kasselakis, who staged a scandalous purge that saw the party’s rating fall to third place behind second-placed PASOK. According to Marc, even among SYRIZA voters themselves, less than half of those polled approved of Kasselakis’ actions.

At the same time, polls showed that the only party leader with positive popularity was Communist Party head Dimitris Koutsoumbas.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency