The name of Evangelos Venizelos as a nominee for the office of President of the Hellenic Republic had been intensively heard the previous days.
The truth is that the former president of PASOK maintains privileged relations with the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
And indeed many people would bet before last July’s national election that Kyriakos Mitsotakis would deploy Evangelos Venizelos in a certain “institutional position”.
Which one could this position be? Insiders claim that the Prime Minister would nominate Evangelos Venizelos for the position of Governor of the Bank of Greece.
Yannis Stournaras’ term expires before long, next June, and the current Central Banker is particularly worried, as reports suggest that Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Evangelos Venizelos have long since sealed the deal. This concern is reflected in reports of specific media outlets influenced by Yannis Stournaras, reports claiming that he is certain to renew his term.
According to a well-informed source, however, the Prime Minister has informed his government’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Yorgos Zavvos, who has close ties with strong economic and banking circles in Europe, of his intention to appoint Evangelos Venizelos to the position of Central Banker of Greece.
It should be remembered that Evangelos Venizelos, before becoming president of PASOK, had served as Minister of Finance, taking over the duties of the “Czar” of the Greek economy at a critical juncture, in June 2011, serving at the same time as Deputy Prime Minister of the Greek Government.
Νevertheless, the possible appointment of Evangelos Venizelos to the position of Governor of the Bank of Greece is sure to spark strong reactions, as his tenure at the Ministry of Finance was accompanied by the imposition of hard taxes on the middle class and the failure of the PSI.
But it is not just that: His name has been implicated – without any evidence coming up against him – not only in the Novartis scandal, but in the Lagarde list scandal as well.
In any case, until next June, the Prime Minister’s final decision will be heavily influenced by intergovernmental and intra-party (in the party of New Democracy) conditions and balances.