Surprise handout announcement provokes storm of criticism from opposition

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

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ended weeks of speculation by announcing that low-paid pensioners and people with disabilities are to receive a year-end payment to help with skyrocketing living costs. The announcement, which was made in Parliament during a special debate on inflation, provoked angry reactions from the opposition parties, who deemed the measures inadequate and hastily drawn-up.

Mitsotakis outlined government plans for a special payments package totalling 338.5 million euros. The package includes an extra half-salary for 100,000 healthcare workers and paramedics. Totalling 90 million euros, this is the only measure that had bee...

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