While the domestic political agenda continues to be debated by the tug-of-war over the Novartis affair, the government continues to try to promote abroad a narrative based on progress and renewal.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has ruled out the possibility of New Democracy instigating a preliminary investigation into SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras over the Novartis affair, suggesting that the current premier sees no political benefit from such a move at a time that his party seems to have strong public support.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras attempted to set the tone for his party in opposition when he appeared at the Thessaloniki Expo over the weekend, ahead of internal meetings aimed at shaping the future of the left-wing grouping.
The government has unveiled its development bill, which New Democracy hopes will act as a catalyst for greater investment in Greece, accelerating the growth rate and delivering the improved economic results Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has promised.
The achievement of Greece’s nominee for the European Commission being offered a vice president spot has been overshadowed at home by a potential rift within New Democracy that could present Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his first significant domestic political challenge since winning the July 7 general election.
Athens is trying through diplomatic channels to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Claiming that Greece is “turning a page” and that the positive impact from the change in government is already visible, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a range of tax cuts at the Thessaloniki Expo on Saturday and insisted that New Democracy will take the steps needed to boost investment and growth.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis heads to the Thessaloniki Expo this weekend with a spring in his step after his growth narrative, which will play a key role in his speech on Saturday, was seemingly given a thumbs-up from voters as well as words of encouragement from two key figures.
The government received some encouragement in its bid for lower fiscal targets from would-be European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde, even though Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has put this pursuit on the backburner for the time being.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returned from The Netherlands, the last leg of his first round of visits to EU leaders, to prepare for his visit to the Thessaloniki Expo over the weekend, when he hopes to drive home the message that his government is laying the groundwork for investment and growth.