The visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Athens on Friday provided his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis with some respite from the pressure being piled on his government by the fallout from devastating wildfires, but the opposition seems determined to put New Democracy on the spot over its handling of the situation during this summer.
Pressure is intensifying on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to account for the government’s handling of the catastrophic wildfires which continue to burn across Greece.
In a bid to fend off the growing political criticism it has suffered as wildfires batter the country, the government has pledged to hold a leaders’ debate about how the Greek authorities have dealt with the challenge this summer after more destruction was caused on Tuesday and 18 people lost their lives.
A surprise appearance by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the informal summit of Balkan states in Athens gave Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis some brief respite from the troubles that have beset his government at the start of its second term.
In less than three weeks, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will attempt to set the tone for his government’s second term in office, when he delivers the keynote speech to mark the opening of this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), but aides have started to dial down expectations that the address will be an opportunity for the PM to make significant economic pledges.
SYRIZA is stepping up preparations for its leadership election, which is just over 3 weeks away, as the government continues to be battered by events.
The government appears confident that it has enough ammunition in the budget to announce another round of support measures, which it hopes will demonstrate that it is determined to tackle the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returns from his summer holidays to confront the fallout from the recent deadly hooligan clash in Athens, while SYRIZA is preparing to ramp up the process for electing a new leader to replace Alexis Tsipras.
As Greece reaches the peak of its summer, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis faces a daunting return from his vacation due to several government slip-ups over the last few weeks and a series of challenges that lie ahead.
Although it is still largely absorbed by its leadership contest, which is not due to conclude until early September, recent events have prompted SYRIZA to take a more aggressive stance regarding Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s premiership.