Health Minister Thanos Plevris has dismissed the prospect of a return of Covid-19 measures after a rapid rise in infections and hospitalisations in recent weeks put Greece on course for a sixth wave of the pandemic.
Although there were no signs on Wednesday of Greece and Turkey being at loggerheads at the NATO summit in Madrid, concern among voters about relations between Athens and Ankara appears to have shot up since last month, according to a new opinion poll.
New Democracy has announced that it is launching a debate on social policy, in a move widely interpreted as the unofficial start of a campaign leading up to early elections in the autumn.
The prospect of early elections is taking on more concrete form, as the government’s calculus around the timing of polls comes into focus.
The annual publication of politicians’ derivation of wealth forms (known as pothen esches in Greek) has sparked a reaction from main opposition party SYRIZA, which is attempting to portray Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his ministers as members of a privileged elite who have little connection with the average voter.
The Greek government’s attitude towards civil society and human rights has come under fire from international institutions in recent days, with the official response blaming propaganda and Turkish provocations for the accusations levelled.
For those expecting snap polls in a few months, the government’s announcements about the latest inflation-busting measures on Tuesday were the latest evidence needed to back up the theory that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will call a snap vote towards the end of the summer.
The government continued to face criticism for its response to the energy crisis on the day it announced an extension of its fuel voucher scheme. Opposition parties are calling for more radical measures, as an interruption of gas supplies from Russia is set to provide a first crash test of the country’s energy security planning.
The government is unfurling more voter-friendly measures in a bid to counter the impact of the cost-of-living crisis as SYRIZA is moving towards an election footing, reflecting the growing feeling that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is likely to call snap polls in the coming weeks.
Greece’s imminent exit from the enhanced surveillance regime that followed its three adjustment programmes was confirmed on Thursday, providing the government with another “selling point” it could use on the path to the next elections.