June 17, 2016
Group 53 marks its difference from Tsipras
Now that the loan disbursement has been approved by the eurogroup and the ECB is expected to restore the waiver next Wednesday, the Greek government is eager to turn the page, with the electoral and constitutional reform one of the main subjects.
The ‘Resign’ protests on Wednesday hardly had any impact, too low was the turnout and too short its duration, writes Macropolis. There might be more coming up in autumn, when the second review is bringing up a debate about labour reforms. The most powerful opposition seems to come from within the party. The largest faction, the Group 53 including Euclid Tsakalotos, now came out with a statement setting out the no-go zones for the electoral and constitutional reform. They oppose a direct election of the president, as suggested by the government, arguing that this would make the president more powerful relative to the parliament. They also object to anything else than a proportional system for the electoral reform. The government has not revealed its proposal yet, but according to media reports they want to keep the bonus for the winning party. Kathimerini quotes some senior party officials speculating that in view of the Syriza congress in autumn, the Group 53 aims to take up the role of those rallied against the party’s apparent betrayal of its fundamental tenets and pre-election campaign pledges.