Main opposition party Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) was given a 5 percentage point lead over ruling coalition leader New Democracy in a nationwide Pulse RC opinion poll for Action 24 TV station, carried out on December 5-6.
The process for the election of President of the Republic at the Parliament’s plenum will open with a vote on December 17 ; prior to that, presidents of parliamentary groups will have had the opportunity to submit the name of their candidate by letter to the president of Parliament.
Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis expressed satisfaction in Brussels over the decision of the Eurogroup convening Monday evening to give Greece a two-month extension to end-February 2015 for the final review by the troika of its lenders and the completion of the fiscal adjustment programme.
Former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis in an interview with Parliament Channel underlined the need for constitutional revision, pointing out that the country needs a minimum of consensus. He said that he opposes early national elections and that the President of the Republic should be elected directly by the people.
Deputy Administrative Reform Minister Evi Christofilopoulou, one of the members of Greece's coalition government originating from the junior partner PASOK, said in an interview with the state television channel NERIT on Monday that opinions within PASOK were largely in alignment when it came to major issues.
Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni on Monday received the head of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Giorgos Tsakiris and the head of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) Lysandros Tsilidis, who briefed her on their discussions on issues relating to interaction between the two bodies and on the development of Greece's tourism sector.