The latest macroeconomic data has highlighted the fiscal pressure that is mounting on Greece’s centre-right government, especially as it hopes to return to its programme of tax cuts later this year.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’s visit to Egypt on Thursday was designed to display the political will and intention of the Greek side to accelerate and intensify talks with Cairo on the delimitation of sea zones.
The question of how the pandemic communications budget was distributed continues to dog Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s government, as the voices calling for full transparency are intensifying.
The government’s handling of the migration issue is coming under scrutiny again after hundreds of asylum seekers gathered in public spaces in Athens after being told they could leave the refugee camps on the Aegean islands.
The government appears to be moving towards a limited reshuffle, as the lifting of the lockdown nears its completion.
Greece is gradually reopening to the world from Monday, aiming to attract as many tourists as possible while preventing any major coronavirus outbreak in the country.
As it has been for the past few weeks, the economy proved to be the main political battleground on Friday, when Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and opposition leader Alexis Tsipras battled it out in Parliament.
Senior government figures are insisting there will be no return to a full lockdown as concerns over lax observance of hygiene measures intensify. Meanwhile, the government is being accused of lack of transparency over the use of funds for public health campaigns in the emergency pandemic package.
Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras is still struggling to find his footing since last year’s elections and the much-advertised shift towards the centre-left, with the aim of attracting a greater number of voters, has not yet materialised for SYRIZA.
After several years of talks, Greece and Italy signed on Tuesday a maritime borders agreement delimiting an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.