ND concerned about Troika pressure
Lucas Papademos’s meeting with the governmental partners has been postponed for noon on Sunday. It was to start at 2.30 pm today...
Papademos and the leaders of the political parties supporting the government are asked to respond to the dilemmas posed by the Troika to our country, calling for new harsh measures.
The vagueness surrounding the meeting is indicative of the problems in backroom consultations of the political leaders with the PM.
The leak from the Maximos Mansion environment that unless there is an agreement Papademos will submit to the command, stirred things up in ND. Members of the party said, "Papademos should have played the tough guy in the negotiations abroad, and not inside the country against the parties and the Greek people."
It is difficult for Samaras to reject the agreement and put the PSI and the new loan at risk. On the other hand, it is difficult to explain the full retreat from his "red lines" to voters and the party base.
The problem is not confined to supplementary pensions and wage costs, but extends to the whole package of new measures for 2012-2015 and moves in an anti-development orbit. Michelakis made clear on Friday night that the issue of the 13th and 14th salaries is a red line for ND. Many members believe that "if Samaras accepts everything, he will sign his political suicide." They question whether these measures will get parliamentary approval, as there are many reactions from members of both major parties, and believe that these will have a great electoral cost for ND.
It is clear that even if Samaras wins the elections and leads a coalition government, he will have to manage an economy in continued recession for 2012 and 2013 as well, without any financial tools and development resources, and will be already committed to implementing the anti-development measures.
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