Athens appears satisfied with the stance taken by the European Union in support of Greek positions on the Turkey–Libya maritime border deal.
A rare moment of consensus has led to Greek Parliament allowing Greeks living abroad to vote in national elections from their country of residence as a new wide-ranging opinion poll indicates New Democracy is still dominating its rivals.
The government is facing some criticism for the aggressive behaviour of the police in some cases since New Democracy came to power, although there are indications that many voters favour a more pro-active stance from the authorities.
Diplomatic issues are expected to continue to be at the top of the government’s agenda this week after it wrapped up on Friday the latest tax legislation and announced the details of this year’s social dividend.
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.