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Ocean’s Thirty Six

This could be the beginning of series of huge scandals. The Greek Economic Crime Unit (SDOE) has been investigating for quite some time now 36 political figures (current or former MPs and Ministers) for their incomes, properties and assets. The “list of the 32”, as it was initially called, has been kept secret. Until now.

Ocean’s Three Hundred

Web portal zougla.gr has published the list of the investigated MPs causing tremors in the already fragile Greek political scene. In this list there are 36 names and one political think tank. In addition, Here are the names and their current or former posts where they served (the order is random).

Panos Kammenos, head of the Independent Greeks Party

Nikitas Kaklamanis, New Democracy MP and former Mayor of Athens

Athanasios Nakos, vice-chairman of the Greek Parliament

George Voulgarakis, former Minister of Culture, of Public Order and of Maritime Affairs (New Democracy)

Mihalis Liapis, former Minister of Transport (New Democracy)

Aris Spiliotopoulos, New Democracy MP and former Minister of Tourism

Mihalis Karchimakis, former Secretary of PASOK’s National Council

Spilios Spiliotopoulos, former New Democracy MP

Nikos Konstantopoulos, former head of SYRIZA

Elisavet Vozenberg, former New Democracy MP

George Orfanos, New Democracy, former Deputy Minister for Sports (during the Olympic Games)

-Marina Chrysoveloni, Independent Greeks MP

Giannos Papantoniou, former Minister of Finance and of Defence (PASOK)

Antonis Mpezas, New Democracy MP

Nikos Tagaras, New Democracy MP and former Corinth regional governor

Panagiotis Fasoulas, former basketball player, PASOK MP and Mayor of Piraeus

Elpida Tsouri, former PASOK MP and Deputy Minister for Fisheries

Filippos Fountis, candidate MP with Green Party

Alexandros Voulgaris, former PASOK MP

Leonidas Tzanis, former Deputy Minister of Interior (PASOK)

Ioannis Anthopoulos, former Deputy Minister of Education (PASOK)

Anastasios Mantelis, former Minister of Transport (PASOK)

Ioannis Sbokos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Defence

Apostolos Fotiadis, former Deputy Minister of Finance (PASOK)

Fevronia Patrianakou, New Democracy MP

Nikolaos Andrianopoulos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (New Democracy)

Akis Tsochatzopoulos, former Minister of Defence (PASOK-already in jail awaiting trial)

Fotis Arvanitis, former PASOK MP

Dimitris Apostolakis, former Minister of Defence (PASOK)

Christos Verelis, former Minister of Transport (PASOK)

Konstantinos Liaskos, former Minister of Environment

Christos Zahopoulos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture (New Democracy)

Petros Mantouvalos, lawyer and former New Democracy MP

Mihalis Halkidis, former New Democracy MP

George Patoulis, Mayor of Marousi district (northern Athens)

Konstantinos Karamanlis Foundation, New Democracy think tank investigated for mismanagement

Greece leaning more and more to the Left

I just read an interesting opinion poll that tells some of the developments in post-election Greece. It’s main element is that SYRIZA’s popularity has grown in less than a week since the elections. The poll was carried out by MARC and I found it here. So here are the numbers accompanied by some comments of mine.

SYRIZA’s leader, Alexis Tsipras.

SYRIZA’s popularity, according to the poll, is now standing as high as 23,8%, the highest the party has enjoyed since its birth. In the recent elections, SYRIZA scored 16,78% of the votes. The rise in popularity can be attributed to the fact that an alternative government (other than PASOK and New Democracy) seemed possible after Sunday’s results. In addition it’s possible that the continuation of the small-party political games that PASOK and New Democracy have been playing for the past two decades have radicalized people a bit more. If SYRIZA had a more clear and realistic plan to get out of the crisis then this rise would definitely have been bigger.

According to MARC’s poll, New Democracy comes second in preference with 17,4% (they won the elections with 18,85%) and PASOK is down to 10,8% (from a mediocre 13,18% in the elections). Independent Greeks gather 8,7%, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 6%, Golden Dawn 4,9% and the Democratic Left has 4,2%.

LAOS, the Green Party, Creation Again, Democratic Alliance and Action Party are all below the 3% threshold needed to enter the Greek Parliament.

An interesting aspect of this poll is this rare question that was added to the questionnaire: If you knew the result in advance, which party would you vote for?

Now, in a linear time world, it might look a bit absurd to ask this question unless voters have access to the technology of time travel. However, the results support my comment a couple of paragraphs above which is that many Greeks have never until now believed that a leftist government could be possible, especially through elections. Almost two generations grew up watching PASOK and New Democracy rotating in power.

Hence, 23,2% of those asked replied that they would vote for SYRIZA. The people who got afraid of SYRIZA’s rise in the elections (and of the possibility of a leftist government) were much less than what I would personally expect. This can be seen in the 19,6% of the interviewees who answered that, if they knew the result of the elections, they would vote for New Democracy (i.e. only 0,75% more than what New Democracy actually received in Sunday’s ballot boxes). Funnily, or tragically for some, PASOK would be voted only by 12,5% (as if the PASOK voters themselves wished a greater defeat of their party which got 13,18% in the recent elections). Another interesting fact is that some people did indeed get scared of the rise of extreme rightist Golden Dawn, especially after this week’s publicity which included a Golden Dawn press conference where one of their members asked journalists to stand up when their leader would appear in the press room. Speaking of it, here’s the video from the press conference, including the leader’s fiery speech, all with english subtitles:

So, the people who would vote for Golden Dawn, If they knew the elections’ result in advance, were down to 5,9% (from 6,97% that they got in the elections).

There were a few more questions but they are a bit dull and I can’t be bothered. I’ll just go and take a nap now.