The government has hit a stumbling block over its flagship pension reform because of concerns among Greece’s lenders regarding the cost of a transitioning to a new system for supplementary retirement pay.
As the date approaches for the reopening of indoor dining and entertainment, the continuing surge in Covid-19 cases is widely expected to lead the government’s advisory committee to call for the reintroduction of some containment measures over the coming days.
The government’s hopes of emphasising its political dominance and other achievements as it reaches its mid-term are being derailed by the latest Covid developments in Greece.
The rapid rise in infections and the slow-down in vaccinations over the past week has led the government to toughen its message on compliance and vaccinations just as Greece is about to enter a new phase of reopening the economy.
Greece’s foreign policy has focussed lately on building bridges and promoting cooperation from Northern Africa to the Black Sea with the aim of creating alliances which could act as counterbalance to Turkey’s policies in the same regions.
Even though Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is trying to play down the government reaching the halfway point in its two-year term in office, the unofficial performance reviews being conducted by some politicians and the local media threaten to be overshadowed by growing concerns about a resurgence of the coronavirus just as Greece was looking forward to a more carefree and prosperous summer.
Businesses are reacting to the latest raft of Covid-19 measures announced by the Greek government in tandem with the latest stage of lockdown easing.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called on Greece’s entrepreneurs to invest in the country as his government seeks a decisive shift away from the travails of the pandemic, which look like they may linger for a little while longer at least.
The tourism industry is having to face up to the prospect of another drastically curtailed summer season, as European concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus look likely to result in further restrictions on travel.
The government appears set on the idea of making permanent some of the relief measures it has adopted since last year, while it also announced on Monday financial incentives for young Greeks to get vaccinated.