Athens is concerned about the continuous overflights by Turkish fighter jets in the Aegean as these currently involve large and inhabited Greek islands as well as parts of Greece’s mainland.
The first stage of relaxing the lockdown imposed in March was launched on Monday, with the government hoping that Covid-19 will not flare up again and that Greece will be in a position to resume normal economic activity in the coming weeks, including welcoming at least some tourists during the summer.
Greek political leaders returned to Parliament on Thursday to debate the national response to the pandemic.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced the gradual relaxation of the lockdown that has been in place in Greece since March, highlighting that after suppressing Covid-19 the country’s next challenge is to ensure that the virus does not resurface in large numbers as restrictions are lifted.
Greek parliamentarians are preparing to return to business this week, with a number of non-pandemic items on the agenda. The return to political normality looks set to rekindle confrontations on several fronts which have been temporarily suppressed in the interest of the national emergency.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to announce on Tuesday the relaxation of the lockdown that has been in place since March, marking the first steps for Greece towards returning to something resembling normality.
Following another European Council teleconference during which no concrete decisions were reached regarding the coronavirus recovery fund, there is growing attention on the primary residence protection scheme, which is due to expire soon.
A major survey highlights Greeks’ anxiety around the pandemic’s impact on their finances, while a government U-turn on support for professionals looks set to tarnish its reputation for competence.
The government is forging ahead with its plans to relax the lockdown and a semblance of normality is returning to Greek politics, with issues other than Covid-19 now being addressed.
Ankara’s intention to begin again drilling works in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as its continuing aggressive tactics in the Aegean will be brought up for discussion during Wednesday’s EU Council of Foreign Affairs by Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.