The road to the Party Conference is not paved with roses…

What kind of opposition does New Democracy want to be? What is its political orientation? Towards the right? Towards the center? Or maybe even center-left? New Democracy President, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis obviously prefers the political center, the path of moderation, restraint and self-restraint, and mild political talk. He is against the use of any divisive political language and never fails to mention it. Not just to appeal to voters of all political colours, but because he personally believes and supports such a position. Mr Mitsotakis is aiming to attract voters by using what we could call the “ideology of reason”.

It is quite evident that the ND President now has several supporters within the party ranks. After 2 years, he has created a party mechanism made up by members that he can actually trust. He has taken important steps in order to staff the Party in Parliament with people not previously involved in national politics, with very interesting and quite compelling CVs from what is now the Executive Registry.

Even so, within the old, traditional, tested by defeats and electoral victories New Democracy party mechanism, there are still several party members that have demonstrated a remarkable appeal to the public and still enjoy great levels of support within society even after the quite eventful and hard measures taken within the framework of the fiscal assessment program and especially the public’s reaction against the ENFIA tax and the reduction of wages and pensions,.

The older and more experienced party members claim that they have the capabilities and knowledge to hold their ground within Parliament and to take up positions of great responsibility with the public administration and fill positions in ministries. However, some of them, seeing the moves made by Mr. Mitsotakis, for the radical renewal of the party with members of a lower age, instead of showing their discontent in public, prefer to stay silent. Some may speak out in the upcoming meeting of the parliamentary group, which will be held behind closed doors this week.

Nevertheless, the issue on hand is not just about the distribution of roles and positions of power in the days after the elections. The whole issue is deeply and utterly ideological as the reluctance of some MPs to attend the parliamentary session, even when their leader delivers his speeches clearly points out to differences of opinion. Mr. Mitsotakis is aware of all that and is preparing some kind of “political massage” intending to deflate the situation on-hand so that the Party Conference can put forward the image of a leader capable of uniting the party and ready to form a one-party government.

It is, though, certain that all three factions within the party, the supporters of Mr. Mitsotakis, of Mr. Samaras and of Mr. Karamanlis have a lot of things in common especially as far as the return to economic normalcy is concerned. However, politics do not strictly affect solely the economic agenda. It refers to a number of issues such as foreign policy, internal security, international alliances, education, health, relations between the State and the Church, local government and more recently civil rights and liberties. For those issues, the factions are ready to show their teeth…

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