|Slogan||We are many –
We are independent –
We are Greeks
|Founded||24 February 2012|
|Split from||New Democracy|
|Headquarters||196, Syngrou Ave.
176 71 Athens
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
|Regions ||citation needed][|
|Politics of Greece
The Independent Greeks (Greek: Ανεξάρτητοι Έλληνες, Anexartitoi Ellines, ANEL) is a right-wing, national-conservative and populist political party in Greece. The party won 13 seats in Greece's January 2015 parliamentary election and agreed to form a governing coalition with Syriza.
The party was created on 24 February 2012 by Panos Kammenos, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the conservative party New Democracy (ND). Kammenos had been expelled from the New Democracy parliamentary group after voting against Lucas Papademos' coalition government in a vote of confidence. The party's founding declaration was issued on 11 March 2012. Ten former ND deputies were founding members of the party, namely Elena Koundoura, Christos Zois (el), Kostas Markopoulos (el), Dimitris Stamatis (el), Spyros Galinos, Mika Iatridi (el), Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha (el), Panagiotis Melas and Michalis Giannakis (el)
Economically, the party calls for revoking the first and second memorandums, loan agreements between Greece, the EU and the International Monetary Fund. Further, it considers the agreements illegal and calls for lifting immunity from and then investigating and prosecuting Greek ministers, parliamentarians, and officials who negotiated the agreements or who otherwise bear blame for Greece's economic crisis.
In opposing the memorandums negotiated with 'The Troika', party leader Kammenos said Greece had become a "laboratory animal" in an austerity experiment conducted by the IMF and EU, who "used the public debt as a means of control." Kammenos has focused much of his fire on Germany, stating that “Germany is not treating Greece as a partner but as its master. ... It tries to turn a Europe of independent states into a Europe dominated by Germany.”
The party's official program states it will repudiate part of Greece’s debt because it was created by speculators in a conspiracy to bring Greece to the edge of bankruptcy. It announced in December 2012 that it would start working to create a patriotic Democratic Front, whose aim is to save "Greece from the neo-liberal avalanche."
On social policy, Independent Greeks oppose multiculturalism and want to reduce immigration, and support development of a Christian Orthodox oriented education system. Roman Gerodimos, a specialist on Greek politics, says the party has a record of xenophobic and homophobic policies.
The party gained 10.6% of the vote and 33 MPs in the parliamentary election in May 2012. In the snap June 2012 legislative election, ANEL received 7.5% of vote, reducing the party's representation to 20 MPs.
In the legislative election held on 25 January 2015, ANEL received 4.75% of the vote and mandate to return 13 MPs to the Hellenic Parliament. On 26 January 2015, ANEL agreed to form a governing coalition with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
|May 2012||670,957||10.6 (#4)||in opposition|
|Jun 2012||462,406||7.5 (#4)||13||in opposition|
|2015||293,371||4.8 (#6)||7||in coalition|
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