Kyriakos Mitsotakis has named Council of State president Katerina Sakellaropoulou as his party’s candidate to become Greece’s first female head of state in a move that counters recent criticism about the lack of women in his cabinet and puts pressure on his political rivals to back New Democracy’s proposal.
MPs are due to begin debating on Wednesday the government’s proposed change to the electoral law, which is highly unlikely to gain the necessary level of support to avoid Greece’s next general election being held under the proportional representation system.
Speaking to business leaders on Monday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis set out his government’s economic priorities for the year, reiterating New Democracy’s determination to create more fiscal space for tax cuts, a move that will also depend on the acquiescence of Greece’s lenders.
Following a week when foreign policy dominated the political agenda in Greece, the government’s attention turns to the more mundane matters of the fifth enhanced surveillance review and pension reform in the coming days.
Fresh from his trip to Washington, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with opposition leaders on Friday and was reminded that he would not have an easy ride from his political rivals over plans for closer defence cooperation with the US and his bid to change the electoral law.
The government appears satisfied with the result of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s first diplomatic tour in the US even though the Greek side did not elicit from the US president a public denouncement of Turkey's actions in the Eastern Mediterranean that Athens views as breaches of its sovereign rights.
In Washington, Mitsotakis stresses economic recovery, geopolitical importance as IMF departure announced
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had the opportunity on Tuesday to fill US President Donald Trump in on Greece’s economic recovery, while also gauging the level of support Athens can expect from Washington in the former’s escalating dispute with Turkey.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, just days after Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed the EastMed pipeline accord, a project that has been strongly backed by Washington.
Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed on Thursday a historic agreement for the construction of the EastMed pipeline, bolstering their tripartite alliance and shaking things up in terms of the geopolitical implications for the region.
The year ends with the government considering how it will use any available fiscal space in 2020 to reduce taxes further.