Although there is relief in Athens at the relative calm in Greek-Turkish relations over the past few days, the government remains vigilant.
The Greek government will be watching Tuesday’s Eurogroup with a keen interest as it tries to adapt its ongoing response to the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.
The rollout of the economic support measures continued on Friday as the government considered more restrictions on movement, having enjoyed strong support for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis so far.
The coronavirus crisis has not been entirely without its positives for Greeks, one of which has been the acceleration of e-government and the provision of online services.
Despite complaints from the opposition that it is not doing enough to support the economy and the possibility of more restrictions on people’s movement being adopted in the coming days, the government continues to enjoy strong support for the way it is handling the coronavirus crisis.
The Greek government is said to be looking at tightening controls on movement, as recent instances of overcrowding have raised concerns that the existing lockdown measures are too easily flouted.
Turkey submitted a letter to the United Nations on March 18 that gives Greece food for thought regarding its neighbour’s intentions and the next steps Athens should take.
The government is gearing up for the announcement of a new set of measures to help struggling businesses as the lockdown looks set to stretch well into April.
As expected, Thursday’s European Council did not lead to a decision on further extraordinary measures to support Europe’s struggling economies, leading to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis taking to social media to express his reaction.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and eight other European leaders wrote a letter to European Council president Charles Michel on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s teleconference, arguing for a coordinated eurozone-level response to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on member-states’ economies.