An ambitious plan to pedestrianise large sections of Athens city centre has been scaled back drastically following a slew of criticism from the public and some urban planners.
After several weeks of high tension in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Greece has confirmed that it is heading for talks with Turkey, although there is a sense in Athens that expectations for a breakthrough are low.
Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras took to the podium in Thessaloniki last weekend, a week after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to set out his thoughts on Greece’s present and future to representatives of industry and the media.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s premiership continues to be knocked off course by unpredictable events, such as the flooding in central Greece over the weekend and the resurgence of the coronavirus, making this early part of his first term in office much more challenging than he could have imagined.
A new round of diplomatic moves is expected from the beginning of this week, ahead of the resumption of “exploratory talks” between Greece and Turkey.
Amid growing concern among experts and the public about the spread of the coronavirus in Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis indicated that more restrictions are on the way as authorities try to get to grips with the virus in Athens in particular.
Experts continue to intensify their warnings over the latest wave of Covid-19 infections in Greece, prompting rumours that stricter measures are on the way for the greater Athens area.
As the pressure on the national health system grows due to an increase in Covid-19 patients, the government has introduced new restrictions for the greater Athens area and officials are not ruling out further measures to prevent the disease spreading.
A day after his traditional address to industry representatives at the Thessaloniki Expo Forum where he laid out the government’s economic programme for the year ahead, Mitsotakis gave a wide-ranging press-conference which offered him the opportunity to state the government’s positions on a number other policy areas.
Ankara’s decision to not extend the NAVTEX for the Oruc Reis research vessel is the outcome of intensive diplomatic activity, which took place behind the scenes over the last couple of days.