The pension cuts due in 2019 continue to dominate the Greek political agenda, with the latest intervention from a government official suggesting that Athens has no intention of acting on this issue without first reaching an understanding with the European institutions.
Athens sought to ease tensions with Moscow on Thursday following an official confirmation by the Russia’s Ambassador to Greece Andrey Maslov that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has cancelled plans to visit this autumn following the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by the Greek government.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is attempting to ensure that his party will be prepared for the next elections amid concerns that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may call a snap vote with the aim of catching the conservatives off guard.
The package of expansionary measures that will be announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) in early September is increasingly the main area of the government's focus.
Although clashes over the business activities of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s siblings show no sign of dying down, planning for the next elections seems to be uppermost in the minds of SYRIZA and New Democracy.
The polarisation that many expect to be a key feature of Greek politics in the build-up to the next elections is becoming more evident as SYRIZA and New Democracy trade accusations over scandals.
The latest chapter in Turkey's history began on July 9 when Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for another term as president of Turkey while launching a new political system that grants greater power to its leader.
The chances of general elections being held next May are rising, especially after the government agreed on Wednesday to hold local and European Parliament elections together.
Relations between Athens and Moscow seem to be on a collision course Greek government's decision to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two more.
New Democracy gained an MP on Tuesday but also received the news that a new party will be formed to its right.