The Kyriakos catalyst
The way that Kyriakos Mitsotakis ran his campaign in the elections for a new leader in New Democracy, the clarity of his word…
The way that Kyriakos Mitsotakis ran his campaign in the elections for a new leader in New Democracy, the clarity of his word and his choice, along with the support from the electoral body create new circumstances in the domestic political scene.
Mr. Mitsotakis fought almost alone against all forms of populism, he represented the European version of things in a very clear way, went against current beliefs even in relation to raising wages in the public sector and appears to be almost on equal terms as a challenger for the leadership of the main opposition party.
One could say that Mr. Mitsotakis, who is currently defending the reform policy, is the true expression of those who voted YES in the referendum in the summer.
That alone is capable of turning his candidacy into a catalyst of political developments in the country. Should the government be unable to convince that it can follow the European path without incident, then Mr. Mitsotakis will act as a catalyst for political developments in Greece.
If he beats Mr. Meimarakis on these terms and New Democracy moves towards the center, this will directly affect the internal political correlations. In principle, Europe will feel that a reliable alternative to SYRIZA is emerging, whatever that may mean.
Additionally, those who have sought refuge at the River or the Union of Centrists will find new reliable representation, while PASOK voters may likely treat Mr. Mitsotakis as the vehicle for a victory against SYRIZA. In any case, a possible Kyriakos Mitsotakis win in the New Democracy elections may play a catalytic role in the political scene.
It is likely that those who voted YES in the referendum last summer may view his potential win as an opportunity for a win and rematch against the dangerous experiment of clashing with Europe and may align themselves against the imperfect and inefficient Tsipras government.
In this respect, Mr. Mitsotakis may rebalance the Greek political scene. Under the condition of course that he defeats Mr. Meimarakis and does not repeat the mistakes of his father in 1990 and Kostas Simitis in 1996, who chose to compromise rather than clash with the party status quo.