Divide and conquer

The phrase “divide and conquer” belongs to the Italian thinker Niccolo Machiavelli, from his work “The Prince”. In political history, this phrase is used to describe a well-known tactic for achieving multiple goals, mainly to weaken one’s opponents and enemies.

The logic is quite simple: if you cannot defeat your opponent’s using traditional means, resort to dissent, reinforce intolerance and spread scandals so as to cause a breach in the unity of the opponent’s front. As such the opponent becomes more vulnerable, weakens and eventually is defeated…

This is what many within the main opposition party believe is happening to their own party. As the two-digit advantage over SYRIZA is steadily being recorded in most polls, according to members of the party, any friction within the center-right party is exaggerated, potentially to a larger degree than it should be.

But who is magnifying this intra-party nagging, making it appear as if it’s a major issue within New Democracy? Is there an intra-party crisis or not? And if there is, to what extent? Could it be that the nagging within the ND is a successful case of “divide and conquer” by the Prime Minister’s office? That rumor is out there.

Support by Antonis Samaras

According to the latest data gathered in the past few days, the situation is as follows. The removal of Mrs. Katerina Papakosta from the party after speaking in favor of Mr. Panos Kammenos and against Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, the aversion in the speech of Mr. Lefteris Avgenakis, secretary of the party that former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was a “fake populist”, the attempts made by the former president of New Democracy Evangelos Meimarakis to make a comeback amidst the heated political scene hoping to diversify the tactics of the party are some loud examples in support of the argument of “where there is smoke, there is fire”. The question, of course, is how great this fire is.

However, the former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras seems to have taken up the role of the firefighter, as he tells MPs and New Democracy officials that “Above all and everything is our homeland, our country; Tsipras and the SYRIZA-ANEL government must go, we have to support Kyriakos Mitsotakis.” This is also true on the part of Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis as he repeatedly reiterates the excellent cooperation and the trusted relationship between himself and Mr. Samaras: “The trust connecting the president of New Democracy with the former Prime Minister is deeper than ever before.”

At the same time, associates of the former PM point to the Prime Minister’s office, which is to blame for trying to underline the intra-party issue, hoping to hide under the mat the true problems of the SYRIZA-ANEL governance and the general discontent of the people due to the harsh taxation.

However, there are those within New Democracy, who don’t exactly see eye to eye with Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, the party’s vice president. As it is widely known, Mr. Georgiadis has the best relations with Mr. Samaras, and some go as far as to call him his “alter ego” within New Democracy. Some days ago, we had argued that that the road to the Party Conference would not be paved with roses… That still remains the case…

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