Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos were due to meet on Tuesday afternoon, largely in a bid to dispel mounting speculation that their relationship has deteriorated and that the coalition’s future may be in doubt.
The centre-left grouping Movement for Change held its inaugural congress over the weekend, which coincided with an apparent worsening of relations between governing partners SYRIZA and Independent Greeks, all of which has fuelled speculation about future political developments in Greece.
Under pressure due to the developments involving PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis, the government has moved the spotlight back to the Novartis investigation again, apparently hoping this will provide some relief.
The government is finding it difficult to put the incident involving PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis behind it even though the Greek-Russian businessman and his family have reportedly returned to Russia.
In a move that caused a stir within Greece’s centre-left, To Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday afternoon.
The government was forced to put to one side on Monday the tension with Turkey and clashes with New Democracy as it was forced to act on the latest crisis with potentially serious political implications, which emanated from a rather unlikely source: Greek football.
The government’s approach to hirings in the public sector has come under scrutiny after a couple of developments this week.
The arrest of two Greek servicemen last Wednesday in the northern border region of Evros is causing much concern in Athens as officials wait to find out what Turkish authorities will decide to do with the soldiers.
The Greek government’s opponents are looking for other issues apart from the programme exit to focus on in an attempt to halt any possible opinion poll rebound for SYRIZA.
Even though Greece’s lenders are turning their attention towards debt relief and the programme exit, two of the most valuable political prizes Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to claim ahead of the next elections, the government still seems to believe it can gain from tension with its political opponents.