The expat vote has become the latest pretext for a flare-up between the New Democracy government and opposition SYRIZA, as a new bill proposes to open up remote voting to the Greek diaspora.
The government has started the week by focussing on what it hopes will be an imminent de-escalation of the Covid-19 crisis, relieving pressure on the national health system and the ruling New Democracy party.
The Greek public sphere witnessed last week a rare incident for the country’s political scene - a debate through articles and statements by the two prime ministers who governed Greece between 1996 and 2009 on their views regarding foreign policy regarding Turkey.
As opposition criticism mounts on all fronts, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has offered a defence of his government’s handling of the pandemic and the economy, while seeking one more time to dispel rumours of early elections.
There was no respite for the government from the latest Covid-19 data this week, although the situation appears brighter as far as the rollout of the vaccine programme is concerned.
As the government faces growing discontent with lockdown measures, opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has gone on the offensive, attempting to highlight New Democracy’s failings and stake out his party’s position on a number of critical issues.
The government found itself on the defensive on Monday over its handling of the reopening of the retail sector.
Greece is due to reopen this Tuesday its embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli, which has been closed since 2014 amid the civil war that has torn apart the North African country.
A ramping up of Covid-19 vaccines and self-tests will help Greece emerge quickly from the grips of the pandemic, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis argued on Friday as the virus continues to pound the country’s health system.
A high-level visit to the islands of the northern Aegean, designed to showcase progress on building new migrant reception centres and improve relations with local communities, has instead highlighted the tensions which persist between the institutions and authorities involved and local communities.