The government’s approach towards independent institutions is under scrutiny again after a political row erupted over its decision to appoint former Supreme Court president Vassiliki Thanou as the head of Greece’s Competition Commission.
The 2019 budget was voted through Parliament on Tuesday night following another head-on clash between SYRIZA and New Democracy, with the significant developments emanating from MPs switching their allegiances.
Since Monday morning, the domestic debate in Greece has been dominated by the bomb blast at the headquarters of Kathimerini newspaper and Skai TV and radio, potentially overshadowing other serious developments on the political scene.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis added to the economic pledge he has already made over the last few months at the party’s congress over the weekend as he goes in search of a new boost in the polls that would make a clear majority for the conservatives at the next national elections as certain as possible.
To Potami has attempted to douse speculation about whether it will support the Macedonia name deal when it comes to Greek Parliament, although the centrist party has not completely ruled out the possibility it will not support the agreement.
The row between SYRIZA and New Democracy over the claims made by opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis rumbled on for another day on Thursday as two opinion polls showed a narrower gap between the two parties than other recent surveys.
SYRIZA and New Democracy continued on Wednesday the spat that was sparked by the allegations from opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Parliament regarding the Macedonia name deal being the product of an exchange between the government and Greece’s lenders over the pension cuts that were due next year.
The Macedonia name issue continues to dominate the domestic political agenda even thought SYRIZA’s junior coalition partner, Independent Greeks (ANEL), claimed on Tuesday that they have no intention of bringing down the government over this matter.
After months on the fringes of Greece’s political scene, the small centrist party To Potami, is centre stage again due to speculation that it may be re-considering its position on the Macedonia name deal, with potential ramifications for the Prespes Agreement and what alliances will be formed before and after the next elections.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was in Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday but at home, the government and opposition election machinery was picking up speed.