New Democracy is preparing to unveil its government programme on Friday, which will move beyond the strong focus the centre-right has placed on the economy, and particularly tax cuts, over the past few days.
Although much of the media and political attention in Greece is currently on the developments linked to Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, both main parties are moving ahead with their election campaigns.
If New Democracy wins the July 7 elections, Kyriakos Mitsotakis plans to table his first key bills as prime minister this September, initiating the reform effort he hopes will boost the economy and his chances of convincing the creditors to lower Greece’s fiscal targets.
The parties are finalizing their candidate lists ahead of the July 7 elections as two opinion polls show that New Democracy maintains a large lead of 7.6 to 8 points over SYRIZA.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has brushed off concerns that the lack of fiscal space might force him to change his plans for the economy, insisting that he will go ahead immediately with some of the tax cuts he has promised.
Athens is closely following the political impasse in Albania, which has led to a clash between Ilir Meta and Prime Minister Edi Rama on the issue of the local elections.
In his first speech of the July 7 election campaign, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis focussed on investments and tax cuts, which are considered two of his party’s strongest cards in its contest with SYRIZA.
Shortly after asking President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to dissolve Parliament and pave the way for snap election on July 7, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presided over the unveiling of SYRIZA’s manifesto, which focuses on tax cuts and the creation of jobs with higher wages.
The danger of a "hot incident" between Greece and Turkey is keeping Athens and Nicosia on alert but also causing prominent figures, such as former Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, to share these fears publicly.
Alexis Tsipras is set to get the election campaign officially underway on Monday afternoon, with SYRIZA and New Democracy focussing most of their efforts on attracting support from Greece’s middle class.