Greece’s decision to issue a new Navtex, expanding the area of seismic surveys for hydrocarbon deposits by US ExxonMobil southwest of Crete, is expected to act as a test of the government in Tripoli (GNA) as well as Turkey.
Yet another poll published this week has shown some erosion in the support for New Democracy and points to some potentially worrying underlying trends for the government, which passed on Thursday the latest pension-related legislation that will lead to many retirees seeing a nominal increase in their retirement package next year, ahead of the general elections.
Public confidence in the government’s ability to tackle rising energy bills is keeping the conservatives ahead of their rivals in the polls despite the damage done to their credibility by the surveillance scandal.
Now in complete election campaign mode, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is touring Greece to warn voters to disregard the criticism of his government and to back his New Democracy party next year if they want the country to progress and not regress.
New Democracy’s resilience in the face of new evidence linking it to an extensive domestic surveillance operation is spurring the governing party to continue rejecting calls for accountability.
The diplomatic incident that took place last Thursday morning at Tripoli airport has stoked a new crisis in the already strained Greek-Libyan relations.
The government has come under renewed pressure regarding the phonetapping affair, as media reports have started pointing to a clear link between the state and the use of Predator, via a unit that was set up at a special National Intelligence Service (EYP) facility, to which police officers were allegedly detached to help run the hacking operation.
The latest budget performance figures offered a pleasant surprise for the government, which has immediately got to the task of balancing public expectations for more assistance with the need to reassure the markets of its commitment to fiscal discipline.
Hoping to swat away some of the criticism that has been aimed in its direction regarding the surveillance scandal, the government unveiled on Tuesday a draft law aimed at protecting privacy, which would also outlaw the sale and possession of spyware.
The ports of Alexandroupoli and Kavala in northern Greece are to remain under state control, according to a surprise announcement made last week.