Absolute chaos gripped the Berlaymont last Thursday, as the Greek press started to circulate that European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, would be leaving his post to return to Greece this past weekend and run for the Presidency of his political party, New Democracy.
The European Commission responded firmly, that indeed Avramopoulos was going to Greece, but was only doing so at the request of President Jean-Claude Juncker, in order to have meetings for the migration situation. Speaking to New Europe on Thursday from New York where he was for the UN General Assembly, Avramopoulos confirmed this was the case, and denied the fictional scenarios in the press.
However the rumors were exacerbated by the letter of Jean-Claude Juncker to the entire college of Commissioners, which required each and every one to get written approval from him before engaging in any travel that would require them to meet a meeting of the College.
What is most interesting, is that Kassandra’s sources have told us that indeed Avramopoulos was set to go back to Greece as Prime Minister if New Democracy had won the latest elections. Indeed, if New Democracy had won, the caretaker party President, Evangelos Meimarakis, would step aside and let Avramopoulos be the Prime Minister. Most importantly, former Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, is the one who in this deal would replace Avramopoulos as Greece’s European Commissioner.
Finally, it should be remembered that Avramopoulos was nearly announced as the SYRIZA party’s nominee for President of the Hellenic Republic early this year. How close you ask? Let’s just say the celebration confetti had been purchased.
Greece seems to be experiencing Avramation indeed.