An intensification of the processes and political developments regarding the Macedonia name deal is expected at the beginning of 2019.
The moment is approaching when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have to take some vital decisions regarding the Macedonia name agreement, which looks set to trigger the end of SYRIZA’s coalition with Independent Greeks (ANEL).
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s hopes of securing the five extra votes he needs in Parliament to pass the Prespes Agreement received a boost over Christmas ahead of what is shaping up to be a defining moment for his government.
The government is trying to tie up a number of loose ends before the end of the year, which it hopes will be popular with voters although a new opinion poll shows New Democracy extending its lead over SYRIZA.
The government’s approach towards independent institutions is under scrutiny again after a political row erupted over its decision to appoint former Supreme Court president Vassiliki Thanou as the head of Greece’s Competition Commission.
The 2019 budget was voted through Parliament on Tuesday night following another head-on clash between SYRIZA and New Democracy, with the significant developments emanating from MPs switching their allegiances.
Since Monday morning, the domestic debate in Greece has been dominated by the bomb blast at the headquarters of Kathimerini newspaper and Skai TV and radio, potentially overshadowing other serious developments on the political scene.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis added to the economic pledge he has already made over the last few months at the party’s congress over the weekend as he goes in search of a new boost in the polls that would make a clear majority for the conservatives at the next national elections as certain as possible.
To Potami has attempted to douse speculation about whether it will support the Macedonia name deal when it comes to Greek Parliament, although the centrist party has not completely ruled out the possibility it will not support the agreement.
The first Strategic Dialogue between Greece and the United States was concluded in a very convivial atmosphere in Washington on Thursday.