A day ahead of a vote in Greek Parliament on the NATO accession protocol for North Macedonia, for which the SYRIZA government has received praise from its European partners, New Democracy was given encouragement from Europe regarding its aim to revise primary surplus targets if it comes to power.
During Alexis Tsipras' state visit, the first in 11 years by a Greek prime minister to Ankara, Greece and Turkey made rather small and careful steps aimed at resolving their bilateral disputes.
The unorthodox way in which SYRIZA is clinging to power continues to be the main topic of political debate in Greece.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras instructed parliamentary speaker Nikos Voutsis (also a SYRIZA MP) not to proceed with any changes to parliamentary rules that would impact on the privileges available to elected parties that are no longer able to muster a parliamentary group (minimum five lawmakers).
SYRIZA has indicated that it is willing to do a favour to its former coalition partner, Independent Greeks (ANEL), whose parliamentary group is close to the point of no longer being recognised.
The difficulties that Alexis Tsipras will face in the coming weeks and months, while trying to govern with what is essentially a minority government, are already becoming evident.
After the government’s charm offensive in the wake of the Prespes Agreement, centred on the increase to the minimum wage and the bond issue, New Democracy is attempting to wrestle back the initiative as it begins to announce its list of candidates for the next elections.
The increase in the minimum wage announced on Monday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras beat expectations and confirmed that SYRIZA intends to pull out all the stops in order to boost its chances in the upcoming elections.
Skopje can expect to get the green light for its NATO accession following the ratification of the Prespes Agreement by the Greek Parliament on Friday
The Prespes Agreement, which aims to settle an almost 30-year dispute between Athens and Skopje by leading to Greece’s neighbour to change its name to North Macedonia, was approved by Greek Parliament on Friday.