Greece’s third party, KINAL (Movement for Change), is about to launch a nationwide consultation exercise in preparation for a national party conference in March, with topics ranging from the party’s progressive identity and the role of socialism, to Europe, the welfare state and the “green new deal”.
Tension continues to escalate between central government in Athens and the local communities on the Aegean islands, which are slated to host migrant detention centres according to the latest Migration Policy Ministry plans.
Seven months after it was roundly defeated in the general elections by New Democracy, SYRIZA officials have delivered their assessment of the party’s performance while in office.
The government’s relationship with residents of islands hosting asylum seekers is going to be tested further after it was announced on Monday that authorities will be appropriating land to build closed reception centres.
Athens is keeping an eye on developments in North Macedonia as Greece’s neighbouring country heads to general elections in April.
Greek-Turkish relations are still hanging by a thread and the government in Athens appears unsure about how to best respond to the revisionist policy Ankara insists on adopting.
Tensions have flared up among rival factions in SYRIZA, as the main opposition party tries to find its footing against the New Democracy government and stake out a territory in the post-MoU political landscape.
The government is hoping that the visit of EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will provide an opportunity for Athens to argue its case for greater fiscal space in the coming months and years.
The Greek government is continuing its diplomatic efforts to drum up opposition to the Maritime Jurisdictions Memorandum that Turkey signed last November with the UN-backed government in Libya.
The government adopted on Tuesday legislation that paves the way for the creation of an official register for non-governmental organisations that deal with refugees.