The government finds itself under pressure, even from sections of the media that are normally friendly to New Democracy, after an apparent breakdown in public order procedures led to dozens of Croatian football hooligans entering the country and fighting with locals outside the stadium of AEK Athens on Monday night.
The government in Athens has promised to introduce a new framework for the issuing of commercial leases for beaches, after a growing grass roots movement demanding the enforcement of limits on beachfront development.
The government is hoping for some respite after several busy and tense weeks since it was re-elected, which would afford it the space to prepare the measures that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will announce at the Thessaloniki International Fair in early September.
After being forced to pledge action to tackle the growing sun lounger problem at Greek resorts, the government has also been prompted to adopt measures to address bureaucratic obstacles at the country’s land registry.
With the holiday season in full swing, a growing swell of public protest against the over-expansion of businesses on beaches has forced the government to promise stricter enforcement of the rules on the use of public space.
The government is maintaining its dual line of defence against criticism about the handling of forest fires over the past few weeks by blaming the effects of the climate crisis, but also arsonists, for the scale of the challenge that Greek authorities have had to meet.
The contest to succeed Alexis Tsipras at the helm of SYRIZA looks set to gather momentum with the launch of a campaign aimed to generate engagement in view of the September leadership elections.
A series of embarrassing moments for the government connected to the recent wildfires was extended and heightened on Friday, when Citizens Protection Minister Notis Mitarakis was forced to resign after a newspaper report suggested he had been spotted on an island break while efforts to contain blazes around the country were still in full swing.
The ongoing struggle to contain the myriad wildfires that have broken out in Greece amid a record heatwave took an embarrassing turn for the government on Thursday, when a blaze approached the Nea Aghialos Air Force Base in central Greece.
Wildfires continued to burn in many parts of Greece on Wednesday, casting a shadow over the government’s determination to pursue its legislative agenda at the start of its new term.