The government has built up expectations regarding Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's economic policy speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Saturday, September 6 but the political tone for the weeks to come may be set by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras's address a week later.
Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis is emerging as the clear frontrunner in the coalition’s thinking on who it should nominate to be the next president of Greece, when incumbent Karolos Papoulias’s term ends in February.
New Democracy’s attempt to form a broad right-wing alliance designed to prevent SYRIZA winning the next elections has had a mixed response so far but the most important reaction could yet be the one from within the party itself.
Greece’s Manufacturing PMI resumed an upward trend for the first time since April, rising by 1.4 points to 50.1 in August from 48.7 in July, according to Markit. This was the first reading above the 50-point mark - which separates growth from contraction - since May.
The results of a survey by the Labour Institute (INE) of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), which was published on July 17, highlighted how salary earners’ purchasing power has been limited.
As we have highlighted before, one of the consequences of the Greek crisis often overlooked is that the vast majority of the country’s unemployed do not receive benefits as they would in many European Union countries.
In the public relations battle between New Democracy and SYRIZA, which has rumbled on since 2012, the conservatives have consistently targeted what they believe is the leftists’ Achilles’ heel: A lack of unity.
A fragile, uneven and weak recovery is gradually manifesting itself in the real economy of Greece. The recent data published by ELSTAT for the first two quarters of GDP performance in 2014 suggests that Greece is on course to register its first quarterly GDP level in positive territory in the third quarter this year.
The Olympic Games only come around every four years but for enthusiasts there is at least an annual pastime to keep them busy: Each summer, like clockwork, photographs of disused Athens 2004 venues are published and articles assess those Olympics’ failing legacy.