Leaders' debate over wildfires puts spotlight on govt credibility

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Fires, Mitsotakis, New Democracy, SYRIZA, Tsipras
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

In the first party leaders’ debate of the new political season, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis mounted a defence of his government’s response to this summer’s forest fires, arguing that limited mistakes were made and that efforts are already underway to repair the damage and improve Greece’s capability to deal with such challenges.

In keeping with the themes explored in his recent public address, Mitsotakis highlighted the “unprecedented” nature of the fires, saying that the authorities were faced with around 60 blazes a day in early August amid a record heatwave and that they dev...

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