SYRIZA continues to suffer the aftereffects of its turbulent party conference last week as ultranationalist Greek Solution emerges as the main beneficiary of a decline in support for all the main parties, including New Democracy.
The protests of recent weeks have not dented New Democracy’s lead in the opinion polls, leaving Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to focus on the areas which the government considers to be key to its continuing dominance, namely inflation, farming and managing the stealthy rise of the far-right vote.
One year on from the train collision at Tempe which claimed the lives of 57 passengers and railway staff, the government is battling to defend the investigation of the accident against accusations of a cover-up.
MPs are due to begin debating on Tuesday the government’s university reform bill, which paves the way for foreign institutions to set up chapters in Greece and appears to have no support from the opposition parties.
SYRIZA’s chaotic party conference concluded on Sunday with delegates rejecting the idea of another leadership ballot just five months after Stefanos Kasselakis was elected, but the leftists could struggle to recover from the blow dealt to their credibility by the past days’ events.
Just five months after electing a new leader, SYRIZA’s regression in the opinion polls has now been matched by intense infighting over the approach taken by Stefanos Kasselakis.
Fresh reforms to the criminal justice code which the government claims will speed up court cases and provide better protection for citizens are being questioned by opposition parties who are calling them populist and warning they will prove ineffective.
An official visit to Athens by the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola gave Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis an occasion to hit back at the recent resolution passed by European lawmakers expressing concerns about the rule of law in Greece.
As farmers head to Athens for what the government is hoping will be the climax of their protests, SYRIZA is on the verge of a deep crisis over the decisions being taken by its leader Stefanos Kasselakis.
The government is bracing itself for a major demonstration in Athens by farmers following an inability to satisfy the agricultural sector’s demands, but one of New Democracy’s main opponents, SYRIZA, is in danger of imploding in the meanwhile as the leadership of Stefanos Kasselakis continues to encounter serious problems.