As speculation reignites around the government’s appetite for early elections, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis once again reiterated his commitment to seeing out New Democracy’s four-year term, while hinting at further interventions to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.
The ratcheting up of tension between Greece and Turkey has given the ongoing speculation about Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis calling snap elections this autumn an added dimension.
The war of words between Greece and Turkey went up a notch on Thursday due to an intervention by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but concern about the cost-of-living crisis still outweighs the worries caused by tension with Ankara, according to yet another opinion poll.
Alexis Tsipras has added to the ongoing speculation about snap polls in the autumn by indicating that he believes Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to call a general election several months ahead of schedule.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis broached a pressing national issue – demographics – on Wednesday, but also one that is somewhat sensitive for his party, particularly when it comes to the issue of migration.
As speculation continues about the timing of the next elections, opinion polls are still suggesting that there can be no clear winner at the next ballot and that a second vote, under the electoral law passed by the current government, or even a coalition could be needed to form the next administration.
Although the cost-of-living crisis remains the number one concern for citizens and, therefore, for the government, which is frantically working on options for further relief, there was a reminder for Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the weekend that another disastrous wildfire season over the summer might destroy any plans to hold snap elections in the autumn.
The government is mulling further measures to cushion the impact of the cost-of-living crisis as the political temperature rises in the build-up to the next elections, which are due next year but could be held earlier.
The government’s latest education reform bill has been put to public consultation amid tensions surrounding the policing of university campuses.
The Greek government has come under fire from opposition parties at home after it was announced that it is engaging in an arms swap deal with Germany so that Athens can supply Ukraine with old army vehicles.