Alexis Tsipras has thrown a new pledge into the pre-election mix by promising not to reduce the tax-free threshold for incomes next year if he becomes prime minister again.
The talks Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos held with International Monetary Fund officials at the sidelines of the spring meetings in Washington over the past few days appear to have paved the way for Greece to make an early repayment to the IMF, a move that the government wants to include in its pre-election agenda.
The bickering between the government and the opposition as a result of corruption claims and counter-claims is moving into overdrive as Parliament prepares to vote on whether to lift the immunity of a former minister.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the long campaign for the next general election will be dominated by clashes over corruption allegations rather than debates over policy choices.
After months of speculation and political bickering, the first phase of the investigation into the alleged scandal involving Novartis and the setting of drug prices in Greece has been completed, setting in motion a new round of confrontation between the government and the opposition.
Alexis Tsipras tried to give another push over the weekend to the centre-left alliance he is putting together for the European Parliament elections, although its true use may only become evident following the next national vote.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has played down the chances of governing with Movement for Change (KINAL) if his party wins the next elections, unless the result of the national vote does not hand the conservatives a clear majority.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to North Macedonia this week and the rising chances of Friday’s Eurogroup approving the disbursement of almost 1 billion euros have given the government the opportunity to go on the attack following successive corruption allegations.
The week began in true pre-election manner, with SYRIZA and New Democracy at each other’s throats over a range of issues.
Centre-left Movement for Change (KINAL) has staked its claim for a say in the future of Greek politics even though its chances of being involved in the next government seem slim.