The run-off vote for the centre-left leadership is due to take place on Sunday, with PASOK president Fofi Gennimata the favourite to beat her younger rival, MEP Nikos Androulakis, and take up the challenge of uniting Greece’s social democrats.
More than a dozen people were killed in flash floods that ravaged the outskirts of Athens on Wednesday, creating a bleak backdrop for political developments this week.
Greek MPs are due to approve on Thursday the draft law that paves the way for the government to hand out the so-called “social dividend” at the end of the year, with New Democracy expected to approve the handout despite its criticism of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s decision.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced in a televised address on Monday night that his government will redistribute 1.4 billion euros from this year’s fiscal overperformance, setting the stage for a political battle with his opponents.
The foreign ministers of Greece and Albania held a first round of talks on the longstanding issues between the two countries in a two-day meeting on the island of Crete over the weekend.
PASOK, and its leader Fofi Gennimata in particular, have emerged strengthened from the first round of voting on Sunday to elect a common leader for Greece’s centre-left parties.
The Greek government found itself dealing with multiple crises of a very different nature on Friday.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras invited businesses from the Middle East to invest in Greece in his keynote speech at the opening of the second EU-Arab World Summit, held in Athens from November 9-10.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stepped up on Wednesday his effort to put distance between SYRIZA and New Democracy in voters’ minds in what many see as a pre-cursor for the political battle to come in Greece over the coming months.
Overcoming the obstacles standing in the way of the completion of the third review, as well as stoking its rivalry with the main opposition appear to be the two things that are uppermost in the government’s mind at the moment.