In a recent political development, Athens sees the formation of a new parliamentary group, the New Left. This group comprises eleven lawmakers who parted ways with Greece's principal opposition party, SYRIZA, last month. The official announcement was made at an event on Monday, where the group's vision for a 'new, modern, European Left' was presented by Alexis Charitsis, the former Interior Minister and now the leader of the New Left.
Criticism of the Current Political Landscape
Charitsis took the opportunity to criticize the current Greek political environment, pinpointing what he sees as a crisis embodied by the divisive course of SYRIZA. He stressed the urgency for a comprehensive plan to tackle significant issues like the climate crisis, social inequalities, and the state of democracy in the 21st century.
Ambitious Goals for a Progressive Future
The New Left aims to partake in the June 2024 European elections, armed with progressive ideas that can translate into action. This ambition follows allegations from the lawmakers that Stefanos Kasselakis, SYRIZA's leader, was managing the party in a manner lacking democratic practices.
Prominent Figures Join the New Left
Among those who have joined the New Left are high-profile figures such as former Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou, former Alternate Foreign Minister Sia Anagnostopoulou, and former Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos. Also included in the group are representatives of the Turkish minority in Western Thrace, Ozgur Ferhat and Huseyin Zeybek. The formation of the New Left certainly brings a new dynamic to the political landscape of Greece, hinting at a shift from the traditional political ideologies.