Having established itself as a major force in Greek politics, SYRIZA stands at a crossroads in its future trajectory.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s government returns from a brief summer recess this week to a busy agenda of foreign travel and legislation at home.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has cut short his brief summer holiday due to a large wildfire on the island of Evia, which is the first major test for his government in terms of crisis management.
The government has moved ahead with the removal of the head of the Competition Commission and three board members despite protests from the opposition, which has also attacked New Democracy over its choice for the senior positions at Greece’s public broadcaster, ERT.
Although Greek Parliament is closed for its brief summer recess, there is still plenty of focus on the new government’s legislative plans, which are expected to be in full flow in the autumn.
The last of the three government bills due to be adopted before Parliament’s summer recess begins was adopted on Thursday amid much acrimony.
Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on the last of the three bills put forward by the new government in its first weeks in power, before the House closes for a brief summer recess.
The government’s second bill, regarding the executive arm of the state, was approved by Parliament late on Tuesday amid further disagreements between New Democracy and SYRIZA about whether the new legislation will lead to more accountable and transparent governance.
The reforms that New Democracy argues will lead to a more effective and better-run executive arm of the state are due to be adopted by Parliament on Tuesday, despite accusations from the opposition that the centre-right party is trying to fill the public administration with its own people and hamper the work of independent watchdogs.
The government bill regarding the executive arm of the state is due to go before Parliament’s full assembly on Monday as the government seeks to round off its legislative activity before the end of the week, when MPs will start a short break.