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ND blasts Turkey for unacceptable statement against Greek President

Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND) harshly criticised the Turkish Foreign Ministry for its unacceptable and demeaning statement against Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. “The unacceptable statement and the unfounded claims that accompany it reveal irritation and and intention to create tensions”, ND said. ND’s statement continues by stressing that the interpretation of international law […]

New Democracy MP dies of heart attack at age 63

New Democracy MP and former minister Evangelos Basiakos died of a heart attack on Friday at the age of 63. ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he was “deeply shocked” at the death of a “friend and comrade who, as an MP and minister for ND governments, served the real needs of the people and our […]

ND leader meets with Merkel in Berlin

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with New Democracy’s plan for extracting Greece from its ongoing crisis during a meeting in Berlin according to reports Monday. Mitsotakis is said to have rejected the scenario of a Greek exit from the eurozone, an eventuality that does not appear to be ruled […]

ND highlights apparent rift within gov’t over economic policy

In comments on Thursday following a heated session in Greece’s Parliament the night before, opposition New Democracy spokesman Vassilis Kikilias drew attention to an apparent rift within the government over economic policy following a clash between Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and House speaker Nikos Voutsis. Voutsis’s refusal to permit Tsakalotos to address the House as […]

ND spokesman Georgiadis apologizes for anti-Semitic comments in past

Prominent New Democracy MP and party vice-president Adonis Georgiadis on Friday posted a statement on Facebook to apologize to the Jewish people for his intolerance towards them in the past and for his antisemitic views. “In the past I had shared and tolerated the opinions of people that showed disrespect toward my Jewish fellow citizens […]

Mitsotakis out to sway undecided, disaffected voters

Buoyed by recent opinion polls giving it a comfortable lead, conservative main opposition New Democracy party has launched a drive to sway disenchanted SYRIZA supporters as well as disgruntled voters in Greece’s middle ground, Dailyhellas understands. “I want to address separately those who voted for SYRIZA in the last national election,” New Democracy chief Kyriakos […]

Poll shows PM, gov’t popularity in free fall

The popularity of Greece’s left-wing prime minister is in free fall, according to a poll published late Monday which also showed opposition New Democracy extending its lead over ruling SYRIZA party to 15 points. According to the poll by the University of Macedonia for Skai TV, support for the conservatives is now at 30 percent, […]

New Democracy dismissive of new coalition government cabinet

The spokesperson for main opposition party Giorgos Koumoutsakos argued that the new government cabinet is “far lower than the expectations” and that “nothing can change”. Mr. Koumoutsakos noted that the vast majority of ministers are “worn out”, claiming that the younger and inexperienced ministers will be sidelined. The New Democracy spokesperson was especially critical of […]

New Democracy MPs file lawsuit over TV license tender

A number of MPs from the main opposition party have filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court against everyone responsible for the recent television license tender. Among the New Democracy MPs who filed the lawsuit are Makis Voridis, Olga Kefalogianni and Kostas Tsiaras. The MPs have cited recent media reports and want a full investigation […]

New Democracy banking on TV licenses for early elections

The main opposition party New Democracy has repeatedly called for early general elections and is banking on implication in the television license tender to force the coalition government to step down. As such, New Democracy has announced a press conference on the television licenses for Tuesday. Meanwhile the Parliamentary Ethics Committee has accepted a proposal […]

New Democracy slams government over Attica Bank developments

The main opposition party has lashed out against the coalition government over the raid on the home of Yannis Stournaras, claiming that it is attempting to manipulate the course of justice. According to New Democracy the investigation of the corruption prosecutors into the involvement of Lina Nikolopoulou, wife of Mr. Stournaras, in an advertising scandal […]

ND slams Tsipras for comment on pending court ruling on TV license auction

The main conservative opposition New Democracy has slammed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for a comment during his press conference in Thessaloniki on Sunday when he indicated that there was no chance a top court would annul a recent auction of TV licenses. During the press conference, Tsipras suggested it was impossible that the Council of […]

New Democracy leader repeats call for general elections

The President of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis argued that a political change is necessary for the country’s recovery, repeating his call for early elections. Mr. Mitsotakis made the statement during his meeting with the Mayor of Nemea Kostas Kalantzis. The ND leader also met with local residents in a café. According to the main opposition […]

ND completes public consultation over new program

New Democracy announced on Saturday that the period of public consultation before the party begins to put together its program for governing has been completed. According to the conservative party’s vice president, Costis Hatzidakis, around 25,000 citizens took part in the consultation process. He said that their main preferences were “a state with less taxes […]

Parliament rejects New Democracy’s inquiry proposal for third bailout

Amid major political tension on Tuesday evening, Parliament voted against the main opposition party’s proposal for launching an inquiry into the third bailout, capital controls and government-creditor negotiations that took place during the first half of 2015. In total 155 MPs voted against the proposal, 96 in favor and 22 voted ‘present’. The proposal, which […]

New Democracy highly critical of Constitutional review proposal

The main opposition party New Democracy has essentially rejected the Constitutional review proposals presented by the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, announcing that it will not participate in the ‘superficial’ and ‘pointless’ procedures. On the contrary, New Democracy claims that if the Prime Minister truly wants a new Constitution for Greece, he should have […]

ND begins internal discussion on revising Constitution

Main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday attended a presentation of nine proposals for a sweeping revision of Greece’s Constitution, made by the party’s coordinator for the issue Costas Tassoulas. The draft proposals are to be discussed by the party’s Parliamentary Group and beyond to produce a final draft, which ND will then […]

New Democracy preparing constitutional review proposals

The coordinator of New Democracy’s constitutional review proposals Kostas Tasoulas presented a draft plan of nine reforms to party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The proposals being developed involve: Limiting the ability of calling early elections and introducing a 5-year term for Parliament Giving parliamentary minorities greater power Limiting the immunity for MPs, so that it only […]