Showing posts with label New Democracy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Democracy. Show all posts

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tired of Syriza, Greece embraces a mainstream party

The centre-right New Democracy party is dull, technocratic and leading the polls
Dec 3rd 2016 | ATHENS

The Economist

THE headquarters of New Democracy, a centre-right political party, is in an unexpected part of Athens. The building, surrounded by warehouses, housed a branch of a Japanese technology firm before standing derelict for years. Few other political types are nearby. The rent, at €9,800 ($10,400) a month, is a tenth of what the party’s old office used to cost. Yet the relocation, which happened in August, is also symbolic. As the opposition party has moved to a cheaper part of town, so too does it hope that it can present itself to the public as a new, improved alternative to the Greek government. With Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister (pictured, on the left), growing less popular, New Democracy may well have a chance.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Greece Establishes Independent Media Authority to Handle TV Licenses

Court had previously struck down ruling party’s auction of broadcast permits

The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 10, 2016 2:41 p.m. ET
ATHENS—Greece’s government and opposition late on Thursday broke an impasse toward the regulation of the country’s television sector, after they formed an independent media watchdog that will now take responsibility for organizing the new licensing procedure.

The presidents of the parliament reached a cross-party consent in the appointment of the nine-member body of the National Council for Radio and Television. The number of the licenses that will be auctioned will be decided by the new independent authority.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Greece's conservatives choose reformer to lead

Deutsche Welle

The conservative New Democracy party has voted in no-nonsense reformer Kyriakos Mitsotakis as its new leader. The Harvard-educated economist is expected to challenge Greece's charismatic Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

The party announced Mitsotakis' victory after 70 percent of the nationwide vote was counted, with the new leader claiming 51 percent of the vote to former parliament chief Vangelis Meimarakis' 49 percent.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis Elected to Lead Greece’s Conservatives

New Democracy voters choose former administrative reforms minister over rival Vagelis Meimarakis

Updated Jan. 10, 2016 6:44 p.m. ET
ATHENS—Greece’s main opposition party, center-right New Democracy, elected Kyriakos Mitsotakis as its new leader, a party spokesman said, making the 47-year-old former minister the main challenger to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Mr. Mitsotakis, the American-educated scion of one of Greece’s most prominent political dynasties, is an advocate of market-oriented economic overhauls, including slimming down Greece’s often-inefficient state. His surprise victory in Sunday’s party leadership ballot provides a boost to the cause of economic reforms of the kind demanded by Greece’s creditors, whose bailout loans have been keeping Greece from bankruptcy since 2010.