The Greek government is hoping that it will be able to rely on European support in the coming days after tense weekend on the country’s border with Turkey and on the Aegean islands.
The government scrambled to prepare on Friday for a potential sharp influx of refugees arriving in Greece over the next few days after Turkey intimated that it would provide free passage to Syrians seeking to reach the European Union.
The government finds itself having to tackle two crises: The angry reaction on Aegean islands to the attempt to build closed reception centres for migrants and the arrival of the coronavirus in Greece.
The government went on a charm offensive on Tuesday, deploying a wide range of arguments to re-build local communities’ trust and support its plan for the establishment of closed migrant reception centres on the eastern Aegean islands.
The Greek government is continuing its efforts to build a diplomatic alliance to counter Turkey’s activities in Libya and the broader Eastern Mediterranean.
Key sectors of the Greek economy are expected to suffer the effects of reduced travel and trade due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Greek diplomats have been consumed by their country’s relations with Turkey and the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last couple of months.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has challenged Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to take him to a special court in connection to the handling of the Novartis case when the left-wing party was in power.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is travelling to Brussels on Thursday to participate in a special summit of European leaders aimed at reaching agreement on the EU’s seven-year budget for period 2021-2027.
European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a new operation in the Mediterranean aiming to prevent any shipment of arms to Libya’s two factions.