Developments in Libya, where a UN-backed government of National Accord (GNA) supported militarily by Turkey has scored some victories over Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, are causing concern in Athens.
As Greece gradually lifts its emergency measures, the main political parties are using the opportunity to clarify their positions on several key issues to do with managing the pandemic and its aftermath.
The fourth stage of the easing of Greece’s lockdown began on Monday, when cafes and restaurants were permitted to welcome sitting customers – another move that the government hopes will ease the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
The recent tension between Greece and Turkey in the Evros border area highlighted how an issue of a mostly technical nature can throw relations between the two countries off balance.
Opposition parties have criticised the government’s latest package of measures to support the economy, suggesting that it is too weak an intervention and will lead to wage cuts for many employees.
The Greek government presented on Wednesday the components of its support package for cushioning the economic impact of the first wave of the pandemic and laying the groundwork for an autumn recovery, in a briefing which covered fiscal measures, investment and employment.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to launch the government’s updated pandemic support package in a TV address this afternoon detailing measures for employment and the economy into the autumn, as well as an action plan on tourism.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to announce on Wednesday how Greece plans to re-open its tourism sector, a move that is seen by the government as vital to dampening the economic impact of Covid-19 this year.
Greece launched the third stage of its lockdown relaxation on Monday although this was partly overshadowed by speculation about a cabinet reshuffle.
New Democracy found itself on the defensive on Friday over the actions of two key officials: Centre-right Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis and Prime Minister Kyriakos’s Mitsotakis’s chief of staff Akis Skertsos.