Greece’s imminent exit from the enhanced surveillance regime that followed its three adjustment programmes was confirmed on Thursday, providing the government with another “selling point” it could use on the path to the next elections.
The latest developments in a series of politically charged court cases, and a dispute over the independence of Greece's competition authority, have ignited heated exchanges between the government and the two main opposition parties.
As speculation reignites around the government’s appetite for early elections, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis once again reiterated his commitment to seeing out New Democracy’s four-year term, while hinting at further interventions to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.
The ratcheting up of tension between Greece and Turkey has given the ongoing speculation about Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis calling snap elections this autumn an added dimension.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's growing influence in southeastern Europe and the EU membership applications by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have forced the EU to pay attention again to its stalled enlargement drive
The war of words between Greece and Turkey went up a notch on Thursday due to an intervention by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but concern about the cost-of-living crisis still outweighs the worries caused by tension with Ankara, according to yet another opinion poll.
Alexis Tsipras has added to the ongoing speculation about snap polls in the autumn by indicating that he believes Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to call a general election several months ahead of schedule.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis broached a pressing national issue – demographics – on Wednesday, but also one that is somewhat sensitive for his party, particularly when it comes to the issue of migration.
As speculation continues about the timing of the next elections, opinion polls are still suggesting that there can be no clear winner at the next ballot and that a second vote, under the electoral law passed by the current government, or even a coalition could be needed to form the next administration.
Turkey has completely cut off bilateral talks with Greece following a relevant decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.