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.
The Greek government has tightened emergency measures after a surge in Covid-19 cases raised fears of an early second wave of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to chair a meeting with key ministers and aides on Monday to discuss the latest developments on the coronavirus front as concern grows in Greece about the coronavirus flaring up in the coming weeks.
Turkey’s top court decided on Friday to annul a 1934 law that had made the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul a museum, sparking a flurry of diplomatic activity and likely complication relations between Athens and Ankara.
Parliament approved on Thursday night the government’s legislation aimed at bringing street protests under greater control but the political reverberations from the contentious legislation are likely to last for some time.
While reopening Greece to tourism was eagerly anticipated as a potential remedy for some of the economic impact of the pandemic, the realities of managing inflows of visitors safely are slowly becoming apparent as the number of coronavirus cases in the country rises.
The government has been forced to make changes to the bill aimed at regulating street demonstrations after objections were raised by Parliament’s scientific committee, not just opposition parties.
Details of the government’s spending on the Covid-19 public information campaign were released on Monday, prompting fresh accusations of political favouritism and untransparent dealings.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says he will insist on any EU funds aimed at helping the Greek economy recover from the coronavirus setback being free of any onerous terms as his government tries to manage the considerable fiscal impact of the support measures it has announced and the downturn in business caused by the pandemic.