Greece has obtained a copy of the memorandum of understanding on maritime borders signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord in Libya, which has rocked relations between Athens and Ankara.
The government lost its first member on Thursday although the resignation was somewhat obscured by the focus on foreign policy issues after the meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the sidelines of the NATO summit in the UK on Wednesday.
There has been persistent speculation in Greece over the last few weeks about possible snap elections next year, although the government has denied this is a possibility.
Foreign policy concerns have moved to the top of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s agenda as he travels to London for the NATO summit and other meetings.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Sunday how this year’s excess primary surplus will be spread out, overshadowing much of New Democracy’s congress and an apparent break from the party ranks by former conservative leader Antonis Samaras.
Amid incessant speculation about what kind of excess surplus the government will share out and who it will go to, New Democracy and SYRIZA are diverting some of their attention to internal party matters as well.
Ankara caught Athens by surprise when it announced this week the signing of a Maritime Jurisdictions Memorandum with Libya.
The tax bill submitted to Parliament this week, the pension bill due in the coming days and the draft legislation for the overhaul of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) topped the agenda of Thursday’s cabinet meeting, where Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged his ministers to keep up the pace set since New Democracy came to power in July.
The government has submitted its second tax bill to Parliament, paving the way for income, corporate and dividends tax to be reduced, giving New Democracy some relief from a public sector hirings controversy.
MPs approved nine changes to Greece’s constitution on Monday, the most notable of which was decoupling the election of the country’s president from the possibility of snap general elections.