Stefanos Kasselakis and Nikos Androulakis seem to follow parallel paths without a point of contact in Brussels.
Stefanos Kasselakis, in his first contact with the European institutions, made it clear that SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance remains on the European left with Nikos Androulakis packing for the meeting he is expected to have, according to information, with the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Solz on the sidelines of the PES conference in Malaga on November 10 and 11.
After all, the door of the Eurosocialists was never opened for the new leader of SYRIZA, since the participation of Alexis Tsipras in his conferences concerned him personally, something that PES had clarified on vima.gr and Vassilis Nanis on 3/10, pointing out that ” Alexis Tsipras started being invited to PES preparatory meetings for the European Council when he was serving as Prime Minister of Greece, so as to provide him with the opportunity to discuss important issues with heads of state and government from the PES family. In recognition of his commitment to the unity of progressive forces, PES later continued to invite Alexis Tsipras, on a personal basis, to attend high-level PES meetings.”
Androulaki shares are up
Sources of Harilaou Trikoupis note that the shares of Nikos Androulakis in European circles are up and the Eurosocialists perceive that the PASoK practices a reliable policy and welcome its dynamic upward course, something that happened anyway regardless of the developments in SYRIZA.
The three issues raised by Kasselakis
For her part, Koumoundourou emphasizes that at the European level Stefanos Kasselakis is a bridge between the socialists and the greens and focuses on the fact that he “imperatively” poses three major issues to his interlocutors in Brussels:
- The revision of the stability pact and the support to the Commission
- The issue of the rule of law and surveillance
- Prioritizing the issue of border protection with respect to the law and especially in relation to the Pylos tragedy.
Of course, circles in Brussels report that there is no lack of whispers beyond Greek borders about the manipulations of Stefanos Kasselakis within the party, as well as what will be the next day after the upcoming European election battle.
The bra de fer in the Brussels arena is not expected to produce a winner before the 2024 European elections with the ballot box dealing the deck for the next five years.