The government and opposition continued to trade accusations over the recent forest fires on Thursday as the coalition struggled to play down the damage done by the blazes over the last few days.
Some pressure was taken off the government on Wednesday, when firefighters appeared to bring under control a large forest fire that had been burning for three days north of Athens.
The coalition’s efforts to dampen any speculation about a rift between SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL) have been accompanied by a revival of the effort to explore the idea of Alexis Tsipras’s party working with PASOK in the future.
The row about the appointment of Stelios Pappas, the father of Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, as the new head of the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organisation (OASTH) looks like it will rumble on through August but there is no sign that the coalition will back down on the matter.
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, who leads the junior coalition partner ANEL, attempted on Thursday to nip in the bud any speculation that his party and SYRIZA are about to go their separate ways over ideological differences.
As Greek politics gradually winds down for the mid-August break, the country’s lenders are likely to have their attention on a couple of potentially important developments ahead of the third review, which is due to begin in the autumn.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been meeting his ministers ahead of the brief summer break, fuelling speculation that he may make changes to his cabinet in the coming weeks.
The difficulties faced by Mitsotakis in his tricky balancing act as New Democracy leader, which involves him trying to present a reformist agenda while also keeping the right-wing of his party, which is more prone to populist messages on board, was highlighted this week when two important allies came under attack.
A day after government MPs approved a draft law introducing changes to the way Greek universities are run, the coalition focussed on a healthcare bill that represents its latest attempt to show its voters that it is active in policy-making in areas that are not linked directly to the bailout.
The government approved on Wednesday a tertiary education bill that it says will introduce greater fairness at Greek universities, but which most opposition parties see as an attempt to challenge the idea of excellence.