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Positions of Greek Political Parties on the Issue of the Name of fYROM

May 20, 2012

Για Ελληνικά δες εδώ.

The following table gives a brief overview of the positions of the political parties that took part in the Greek elections of May 2012 on the issue of the final name of fYROM. The positions have been referenced to the extent that this was possible. In some cases – especially in the cases where the “party” is in fact a coalition of smaller entities, it was not always easy to discern the ‘official’ position of the party.

NAME % May 2012 No of votes (05.2012) Position Remarks
Nea Dimokratia (N.D.): Antonis Samaras 18,85 1.192.054 Composite name including the term “Macedonia”; mutual acceptance; erga omnes. The position was adopted under the N.D. government of K. Karamanlis. The position may change if Samaras becomes the PM.
Synaspismos Rizospastikis Aristeras(SY.RIZ.A.): Alexis Tsipras 16,78 1.061.265 Composite name including the term “Macedonia”; mutual acceptance.[i] The youth of the party has repeatedly expressed the opinion that the constitutional name should be used.[ii]
Panellinio Sosialistiko Kinima (PA.SO.K.): Evaggelos Venizelos 13,18 833.529 Composite name including the term “Macedonia”; mutual acceptance; erga omnes. Position held by the Papandreou government. E. Venizelos appears to hold the same position.
Anexartitoi Ellines: Panagiotis Kammenos 10,60 670.596 No reference to the term “Macedonia”. Veto participation in international organisations with the name “Macedonia”.[iii]
Kommounistiko Komma Ellados (KKE) 8,48 536.072 Use of the term “Macedonia” only as a geographical designation.[iv] On the basis of the Marxist analysis there is no Macedonian nation. Macedonia is a large geographical district inhabited by many ethnicities.3
Chrysi Avgi: Nikolaos Michaloliakos 6,97 440.894 No reference to the term “Macedonia”. Veto participation of fYROM in the E.U. and NATO.[v]
Dimokratiki Aristera (DIM. AR.): Fotis Kouvelis 6,11 386.116 Mutually acceptable composite name with a geographical designation.[vi]
Oikologoi Prasinoi: 6-Member committee (Eleano Ioannidou) 2,93 185.366 Composite name including the term “Macedonia”; mutual acceptance.[vii]
Laikos Orthodoxos Synagermos (LA.O.S.): Georgios Karatzaferis 2,90 183.466 No reference to the term “Macedonia”. The final name to be submitted to the Greek people via a referendum.
Dimokratiki Symmachia (DI. SY.): Dora Bakoyanni 2,55 161.510 Composite name with a geographical designation; mutual acceptance.[viii] Bakoyannis was the FM in the Karamalis government when fYROM failed to achieve accession to NATO in April 2008.
Dimiourgia Xana!: Thanos Tzimeros 2,15 135.932 Composite name including the term “Macedonia”; mutual acceptance; erga omnes. Constitutional changes (in fYROM) on the matters of national identity and irredentism.[ix]
Drasi – Fileleutheri Symmachia: Stefanos Manos – Grigoris Vallianatos 1,80 114.094 The issue of the name is of minor importance. Greece pushed fYROM into the arms of other countries, but cannot change its position now without ridicule.[x]
Antikapitalistiki Aristeri Symmachia gia tin Anatropi(ANTARSYA): 21-member committee 1,19 75.439 No reference to the issue was found.
Koinoniki Symfonia: Louka Katseli 0,96 60.753 Composite name with a geographical designation; mutual acceptance.[xi]
OXI (EPAM – Dimokratiki Anagennisi): Dimitrios Kazakis 0,92 58.459 No reference to the term “Macedonia”. “The state of Skopje iss a ‘pseudostate’, and consequently should not exist. It should be part of the Greater and undivided Yugoslavia”.[xii]
Kinima Den Plirono: V. Papadopoulos 0,88 55.646 No reference to the issue was found.
Enosi Kentroon: Vasileios Leventis 0,61 38.439 No reference to the term “Macedonia”.[xiii]
Syndesmos Ethnikis Enotitas: 0,60 38.193 No reference to the term “Macedonia”.[xiv]
Komma Peiraton Elladas: 7-member Committee 0,51 32.487 No reference to the issue was found.
Koinonia: Michalis Iliadis 0,45 28.502 Ultimatum to fYROM on the name issue [the exact terms are unclear].[xv]
KKE (m-l) – M-L KKE: Committee 0,25 16.049 No reference to the issue was found.
EEK Trotskistes: Committee 0,10 6.095 Use of Constitutional name.[xvi]
Komma Fileleutheron: Manolis Kalligiannis 0,06 3.622 No reference to the issue was found.
OAKKE: Ilias Zafeiropoulos 0,04 2.616 Recognition of Constitutional name.[xvii] In the elections of 1996 it had taken part in collaboration with Vinozito, the auto-proclaimed part of ethnic Slavomacedonians.
OKDE: Committee 0,03 2.002 Use of Constitutional name.[xviii]
Axioprepeia: Panagiotis Theodoropoulos  0,01 775 No reference to the issue was found.
Kinima Ethnikis Antistasis: Ippokratis Savvouras 0,00 469 No reference to the issue was found.
PAEKE: Miltiadis Tzalalidis 0,00 307 No reference to the issue was found.
Panathinaiko Kinima: Georgios Betsikas 0,00 107 No reference to the issue was found.
Perifereiaki Astiki Anaptyxi: Nikolaos Kolitsis 0,00 96 No reference to the issue was found.
Ellines Oikologoi: Dimosthenis Vergis 0,00 66 No reference to the issue was found.

[ii] See official site of SYNASPISMOS (the main component of SY.RI.ZA), http://www.neolaiasyn.gr/theseis.php?id=228.

[iii] See positions of P. Kammenos expressed during the meeting of political leaders, 16.05.2012, http://www.megatv.com/megagegonota/summary.asp?catid=17532&subid=2&pubid=29345793.

[iv] Positions of the Central Comitee of KKE, Rizospastis, 04.12.2011, http://www2.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=6576996&publDate=2011-12-04%2000:00:00.0.

[vi] Mr Kouvelis answers a question pertaining to the issue (03.05.2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVRlN31yE54&feature=player_embedded.

[viii] To Vima, 12.07.2011 (republishing interview from Utrinski Vesnik), http://m.vimafm995.gr/politics/article/?aid=410609.

[xii] Position expressed by the founder and leader of EP.AM., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMNAJqyP0DA&feature=player_embedded.

[xvii] Positions on Official website: http://www.oakke.gr/english1.htm.

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