With the fraught issue of home repossessions threatening to come to a head in the spring, recent statements by Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis have been attracting furious responses from across the opposition.
Greece is trying to expand its diplomatic activity in the wake of its latest spat with Turkey as relations with Ankara remain the number one foreign policy issue for Athens.
The Greek government is hoping that the creation of new, closed reception centres for migrants on the islands, along with faster repatriations and return to Turkey as well as greater deterrents will alleviate the pressure that New Democracy has been under over the last few months as it tries to get to grips with the influx of asylum seekers.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has taken it upon himself to try to resolve the storm created by a dispute involving the country’s top football teams and their owners, which is threatening unpredictable political consequences.
Following his return from talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel in Paris and Brussels on Wednesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a cabinet meeting in Athens on Thursday.
The government is trying to avoid tying itself up in knots after coming under attack from all sides on Wednesday, when it passed an amendment that ensures two football clubs from northern Greece will not be relegated despite an independent commission recommending that they be expelled from the Super League.
Migration was in the spotlight again on Tuesday, soon after the government received another reminder about the high level of dissatisfaction among voters about the way the issue is being addressed by New Democracy.
The pension bill, which the government put to public consultation last week, will be among the main issues in the political debate this week as SYRIZA seeks to counter New Democracy’s attempt to present the draft law as ushering in the first series of pension increases since the start of the crisis.
As Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took to the international stage in Davos, the now familiar problem of dealing with refugee flows was troubling his government back home.
Senior judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou was elected Greece new, and first female, president on Wednesday by the vast majority of the country’s MPs, vindicating Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s choice, but also justifying SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras’s decision to support her candidacy.