Greek parliamentarians are preparing to return to business this week, with a number of non-pandemic items on the agenda. The return to political normality looks set to rekindle confrontations on several fronts which have been temporarily suppressed in the interest of the national emergency.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to announce on Tuesday the relaxation of the lockdown that has been in place since March, marking the first steps for Greece towards returning to something resembling normality.
Following another European Council teleconference during which no concrete decisions were reached regarding the coronavirus recovery fund, there is growing attention on the primary residence protection scheme, which is due to expire soon.
A major survey highlights Greeks’ anxiety around the pandemic’s impact on their finances, while a government U-turn on support for professionals looks set to tarnish its reputation for competence.
The government is forging ahead with its plans to relax the lockdown and a semblance of normality is returning to Greek politics, with issues other than Covid-19 now being addressed.
Ankara’s intention to begin again drilling works in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as its continuing aggressive tactics in the Aegean will be brought up for discussion during Wednesday’s EU Council of Foreign Affairs by Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
The first small step towards lifting the lockdown was made on Tuesday, as it was announced that courts of first instance and land registry offices would open on April 27 with a restricted range of services.
The government is expected to announce in the coming days its plans for relaxing the lockdown rules after seeming to have navigated through the Easter weekend in Greece without any notable signs of civil disobedience.
A number of developments linked to the coronavirus crisis have led to speculation in the Greek media about the possibility of a snap election in the summer or early autumn.
The Greek government is set to announce by April 27, when many of the current restrictions on movement are set to expire, its plans for starting to lift the lockdown that has been in place since March 23.