ATHENS – The leader of the To Potami (The River) party said after meeting Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras that he’s confident the country’s banks can withstand anxiety over the Jan. 25 elections.
Former TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis, whose party is third in polls and could be a key player in any coalition that might emerge, met with Stournaras, who had served as Finance Minister for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader whose party is trailing the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
Theodorakis said after the talk that included discussion about outflows of deposits that the situation with the economy “appears difficult but under control.”
He said that he was confident that, “The Bank of Greece, in cooperation with the European Central Bank, will support Greek lenders and the deposits of Greeks, as long, of course, as the the Greeks honor their commitments and work together with the Europeans for solutions.”
Theodorakis said he wouldn’t work with any party that would jeopardize Greece’s standing in the Eurozone, a shot at SYRIZA. He said Greece’s place is within the Eurozone and the European Union and that “whether we have a government or not on Monday… no one will be able to doubt that.”
“With a strong Potami, that course will be strengthened even further,” Theodorakis said without explaining how that could happen if SYRIZA wins and he won’t work with it.