Hospital doctors and healthcare staff are striking over the latest raft of healthcare reforms tabled by the government. The New Democracy administration shows no signs of wavering on the unpopular legislation, keen to demonstrate in the final months of its term that it is delivering on its pledges.
Perhaps encouraged by an apparent narrowing of the ratings gap between New Democracy and SYRIZA, the main opposition party is gearing up for the upcoming election campaign.
Opposition parties have accused governing New Democracy of continuing to keep Parliament in the dark about key aspects of the surveillance affair, after a fresh hearing of the institutions and transparency committee failed to uncover any new information.
Parliament’s institutions and transparency committee is due to hear on Monday from one of the key figures in the phonetapping affair, in what could be a significant moment in the development of the surveillance saga.
Yet another poll published this week has shown some erosion in the support for New Democracy and points to some potentially worrying underlying trends for the government, which passed on Thursday the latest pension-related legislation that will lead to many retirees seeing a nominal increase in their retirement package next year, ahead of the general elections.
Public confidence in the government’s ability to tackle rising energy bills is keeping the conservatives ahead of their rivals in the polls despite the damage done to their credibility by the surveillance scandal.
Now in complete election campaign mode, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is touring Greece to warn voters to disregard the criticism of his government and to back his New Democracy party next year if they want the country to progress and not regress.
New Democracy’s resilience in the face of new evidence linking it to an extensive domestic surveillance operation is spurring the governing party to continue rejecting calls for accountability.
The government has come under renewed pressure regarding the phonetapping affair, as media reports have started pointing to a clear link between the state and the use of Predator, via a unit that was set up at a special National Intelligence Service (EYP) facility, to which police officers were allegedly detached to help run the hacking operation.
The latest budget performance figures offered a pleasant surprise for the government, which has immediately got to the task of balancing public expectations for more assistance with the need to reassure the markets of its commitment to fiscal discipline.