The rise in new daily cases of Covid-19 in Athens and other urban centres over recent days, combined with evidence that hygiene guidelines are being widely flouted, is leading the government to warn that a tightening of measures is imminent.
There was a slight de-escalation in Greece’s latest stand-off with Turkey in the Aegean over the weekend, following a particularly tense few days for Athens.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been briefing opposition leaders on the situation with Turkey in a series of one-on-one meetings following his return from the EU summit in Brussels.
Athens is on alert after Turkey announce plans, via a NAVTEX advisory on Tuesday, for a seismic survey south and east of the Greek island of Kastellorizo between July 21 and August 2.
The controversial removal of refugees from temporary accommodation has caused tensions in the centre of Athens, as evicted families sheltering in a square became the focus of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has applauded the compromise reached in Brussels over the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Next Generation EU recovery package totalling 1.82 billion euros, of which Greece could receive more than 70 billion.
The marathon European Council, which began on Friday and is due to continue on Monday afternoon, failed to yield an agreement on the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) after what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said was insufficient progress.
As Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived at the latest European Union summit in Brussels on Friday in the hope that an agreement would be secured on the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF), Greece’s domestic politics was focussed on the latest fallout from the Novartis scandal.
The construction of a large resort complex in Corfu on land ceded as part of Greece’s privatisation programme has ignited tension between the government and the local community.
Greece’s highest administrative court handed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis a hot potato, in political and fiscal terms, on Tuesday, when it delivered a much-anticipated ruling on backpay for pensioners.