Former Prime Minister George Papandreou has thrown his hat into the ring for the KINAL leadership contest in a move that will undoubtedly attract attention but which, even if successful, might not have a discernible political impact.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has gone on the offensive against the government, calling for the minimum wage to be raised to 800 euros and for the consumption tax on fuel to be lowered as counter-measures to confront the wave of inflation troubling Greek households.
ND continues to lead polls amid economic worries, while former PM mulls return to frontline politics
Kyriakos Mitsotakis and New Democracy are hanging on to a double-digit lead in opinion polls despite mounting concerns on the economic front and growing doubts about the government’s ability to tackle rises in the cost of living.
The government’s handling of the pandemic came under scrutiny again on Monday as leaders debated the latest Covid developments in Parliament.
An event to mark the 47th anniversary of the founding of New Democracy and Greece’s 40-year history in the European Union offered the party an opportunity to reaffirm its unity, refocus its identity and calm the internal tensions that have marked recent weeks.
A shadow was cast over the leadership contest at centre-left KINAL on Tuesday when it emerged that current party president, and frontrunner according to the opinion polls, Fofi Gennimata was admitted to the hospital and announced that she would not be standing in the race.
Main opposition party SYRIZA has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the New Democracy government’s use of public funds for media campaigns, PR contracts and polling services with the alleged aim of manipulating public opinion.
Flooding on the island of Evia over the weekend indicates that the government has not yet been able to put behind it the fallout from this summer’s wildfires, which cost New Democracy and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis some points in the opinion polls that have been published since September.
Greece’s defence agreement with France, including the purchase of at least three warships, received strong approval in Greek Parliament on Thursday despite becoming a point of contention between the government and main opposition.
The government is said to be readying additional funds to shield consumers against further hikes in energy prices, after the latest figures indicate that the recently announced subsidy scheme will not be sufficient.