Amid considerable fanfare, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis oversaw the start of demolition work at the site of the former Athens airport in Hellinikon on Friday, calling it a symbol of the “new Greece.”
The “Great Walk”, a new traffic management plan for central Athens implemented by Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis in the wake of the lockdown, is attracting growing criticism from planning experts, the media and the public.
The spotlight fell on Greece’s tourism sector on Wednesday as regional airports, including on the islands, reopened to international flights, rekindling hopes that the arrival of visitors from abroad will boost the scant receipts gained so far this year by the industry.
Legislation aimed at regulating public demonstrations, which the ruling New Democracy deems necessary to restore order to city streets, is due to be debated in Parliament this week.
The telephone call last Friday between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen by diplomatic sources in Athens as a first step for both sides to overcome the dead-end to which the recent lack of communication had been leading.
The Greek government is continuing to search for ways in which it can provide financial support to local businesses, mitigating the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision taken by drugs giant Novartis to pay 347 mln dollars to US authorities for corrupt practices in Greece, as well as South Korea, Vietnam and China, has added more fuel to the political battle between New Democracy and SYRIZA, which has been raging over the last few days as result of graft allegations.
Greek resort areas prepare to welcome the first tourists of the season, with regional airports due to reopen to international flights on July 1.
With New Democracy and SYRIZA locked in an intense verbal battle over alleged scandals, the impact of the coronavirus on the Greek economy has moved down the political agenda for now.
A parliamentary inquiry into the role of the judiciary in the Novartis affair was the scene of renewed clashes between New Democracy and SYRIZA on Monday, rekindling allegations of political corruption first raised under the previous administration.