The Novartis affair has resurfaced to disrupt the relative calm in Greek party politics, with New Democracy accusing SYRIZA of trying to cover up its attempts to tarnish its political opponents with made-up corruption claims and the opposition claiming that the government is trying to pervert the course of justice.
After another testy meeting of SYRIZA officials over the weekend which gave fodder to political rivals inside and out of the party, leader Alexis Tsipras has taken the opportunity to deliver a more constructive message by addressing the party’s new members.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is due in Brussels on Monday to attend the General Affairs Council which will focus, among other things, on the ongoing developments in Libya.
The government is due to submit to Parliament on Monday the pension bill it has been working on for the past few months
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.