After first injecting himself into Greek politics, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici said he and the EU are staying out of the Jan. 25 elections.
Moscovici indirectly backed Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras – a European Union favorite for imposing harsh austerity measures in return for international loans, including from the EU – who failed in his bid to have a Greek President elected and had the snap polls.
At that time, Moscovici, a former French finance chief who supports austerity in Greece but not in France, called for “broad support among the Greek voters and political leaders for the for the necessary growth-friendly reform process.”
That “does not constitute taking a position in the Greek political debate,” Moscovici said although he had been blistered in the Greek media for taking sides. “There is no call to vote one way or another,” he told reporters on Jan. 6 “Greeks will freely choose their next leader.”
Moscovici last month came to Athens to show support for Samaras but said it wasn’t for that reason.