Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be looking to rally his cabinet around the government’s reform agenda, as New Democracy battles an unfolding sex scandal, on top of worsening economic data and growing lockdown fatigue.
The pace of vaccinations in Greece is continuing to improve, encouraging government officials to be hopeful that economic activity will be able to resume from March.
The message that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis received from New Democracy MPs is that the government has to focus on rolling out the Covid-19 vaccines as fast as possible and must provide Greek businesses with the strongest economic support possible.
Accusations of sexual assault and abuse which started with Olympic yachtswoman’s Sofia Becatarou’s public revelation of rape at the hands of a sailing federation official have emerged from all corners of public life, touching on state cultural institutions and the world of politics.
As the snow that fell in and around Athens on Tuesday began to melt on Wednesday, the political clash over responsibility for the aftermath of storm front “Medea” began to heat up.
A cold weather front, including snow and high winds brought much of Greece to a standstill on Tuesday, prompting strong criticism of the government’s response.
Although much of the country is gripped by a cold snap, the Greek government is hoping that this week will mark the start of a marked increase in the vaccination rate, allowing the lockdown measures currently in place to be eased ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter on May 2.
Parliament approved on Thursday the government’s contentious bill on university reform, although the vote is unlikely to settle the debate, and protests, about Greece’s tertiary education.
After a rough start to the week, which saw a cacophony of statements by government ministers and experts culminate in the announcement of a strict lockdown on Athens, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis gave an extended interview to Skai TV’s evening news in which he sought to put his government’s messaging back on track.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday that a stricter lockdown will be imposed from Thursday in Attica as Greece tries to avoid a new, damaging wave of coronavirus.