An event to mark the 47th anniversary of the founding of New Democracy and Greece’s 40-year history in the European Union offered the party an opportunity to reaffirm its unity, refocus its identity and calm the internal tensions that have marked recent weeks.
A shadow was cast over the leadership contest at centre-left KINAL on Tuesday when it emerged that current party president, and frontrunner according to the opinion polls, Fofi Gennimata was admitted to the hospital and announced that she would not be standing in the race.
Main opposition party SYRIZA has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the New Democracy government’s use of public funds for media campaigns, PR contracts and polling services with the alleged aim of manipulating public opinion.
Flooding on the island of Evia over the weekend indicates that the government has not yet been able to put behind it the fallout from this summer’s wildfires, which cost New Democracy and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis some points in the opinion polls that have been published since September.
Greece’s defence agreement with France, including the purchase of at least three warships, received strong approval in Greek Parliament on Thursday despite becoming a point of contention between the government and main opposition.
The government is said to be readying additional funds to shield consumers against further hikes in energy prices, after the latest figures indicate that the recently announced subsidy scheme will not be sufficient.
After a string of incidents involving controversial MP Konstantinos Bogdanos, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has ousted the deputy from New Democracy’s parliamentary group, reducing the government’s majority to a still-comfortable seven seats.
Changes are afoot in key agencies at the front line of the pandemic, as the Greek government says it plans to further loosen restrictions on vaccinated citizens and refresh its public health messaging going into autumn.
Greece’s economic prospects and the impact on households from spiralling prices are dominating the political agenda this week.
A new opinion poll published on Thursday is the latest to show a significant drop in the support for the centre-right government and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the past few months, but with none of this translating into a direct benefit for the main opposition party, SYRIZA