Meanwhile, in North Macedonia, the dust is settling on the Prespes deal and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is gunning for a September referendum date. This would leave the Greek government ample time to get it through the Hellenic Parliament before the end of the year, somewhere between the summer and Christmas holidays. Questions loom as to whether the government can get the deal through, as SYRIZA’s coalition partners, the Independent Greeks are set to raise hell even though they supported the government in a no-confidence vote called by New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis weeks ago. Mitsotakis’ future is also in question should the name deal go through after. With such vehement opposition and pulling the trigger on the motion of no-confidence, Mitsotakis has doubled-down on the issue as the driving force to achieve early elections.
At the same time, Alexis Tsipras is building even more bridges in the Eurocapital, a city and system which he would have liked to reduce to ashes before he became Prime Minister.
Tsipras’ transformation into a leader is remarkable – as he is slowly but certainly rebranding his political party as socialist and eurorealist, moving ever-closer to the mainstream of European politics. In a recent interview the Greek Prime Minister showed regret for the 2015 referendum which saw Greeks vote over 60% in his favour.