The rules have been set in this two man showdown…but in this face off, both politicians are hoping they do as poorly as possible, so as to not be burdened with governing a failed state under German occupation.
In contrast with first debate last week, which involved seven party leaders, Monday night’s discussion will be just between Tsipras and Meimarakis. Representatives of the two parties have also agreed to relax the rules for the debate after criticism that last week’s event followed too rigid a format.
The debate will have four rounds. During the first round, the two leaders will be questioned by six journalists but will have the ability to respond to the answers they each give.
In the second round the leaders will be able to fire questions at each other. In the third round the moderator, Panos Haritos of public broadcaster ERT, will have the right to ask two questions to each leader. In the final round, each leader will have a chance to deliver a two-minute message to viewers.
A new addition to the debate is that the leaders will have the opportunity in the first and third rounds to issue a red card to their rival if they want to challenge something he said in his reply.
The debate is due to begin at 9 p.m.