“The country is entering its most crucial phase but at PASOK, we are fiddling,” said former Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis, who admitted that Papandreou was not fulfilling his role properly. “I do not know if we will get to the next elections as a united PASOK,” said Deputy Interior Minister Paris Koukoulopoulos. An opinion poll by VPRC on Wednesday ranked the Socialists as only the fifth most popular party. In a further sign of rifts at the highest level of the party, Citizens’ Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis and Health Minister Andreas Loverdos made barbed comments about the stance taken by Chrysochoidis, who has also been critical of PASOK’s policies while in government.
Papandreou is also waiting to see if Parliament will be asked to investigate whether he should face charges in connection to allegations that Greece’s 2009 deficit figure was artificially inflated. PASOK spokesman Panos Beglitis, who is a close ally of Papandreou, suggested that any parliamentary probe into fiscal data should stretch back to 2000.