"We support the transitional government and we lead to its formation" Samaras said from the parliamentary podium addressing Lucas Papademos, and added that "today's vote is the confirmation of engagement." The ND chairman wondered "why do we need a personal statement when there is a commitment on the leading institutional level of parliament and signed by the three leaders under the president of democracy", making clear that he will continue to refuse to offer his signature to our European partners.
According to reports, ND members say that the European partners have not fully understood the commitments made by Samaras and that when making the necessary clarification they will accept his position without insisting on written assurances.
ND president referred to the current issues. "We will support the deregulation of taxis with population criteria, we say yes to having a single fund for medical services but no to degradation."
Particularly impression was made by his intervention about the special fee on properties via the electricity bills, since he asked not to cut the electricity to those who demonstrably cannot afford the hike.
He said that Papademos’ government is a last resort to maintain the country's credibility, to remain on the euro, and to have elections. The mission of the government is determined: by the release of the 6th tranche, the signing of the loan agreement and the elections he said, and added that "those who try to avoid elections at the end of the quarter are not offering their service to the new prime minister. If some try to prolong a government without popular legitimacy they will trigger social clashes."
He said that "it is not a coalition government, but of course we will support it" and that there is need to avert the risks brought by Papandreou to the country. He described the loan agreement as unavoidable, brought by the previous government and maintained his position in changing the mix of economic policy. He argued that the policy followed is missing all the targets set by the previous government, and questioned the success of the fiscal adjustment program if the mix of economic policy does not change.
When seen in this context, Panos Kammenos’ persistence to vote against the government, is problematic. Samaras seems to be thinking of placing him out of the parliamentary group but not removing him from the party, thus leaving an open door for his return in the future.