The Greek government labelled as “unsubstantiated” claims that it is about to accept refugees from Germany on Crete, a move that would be incompatible with concerns in Athens that the small but steady rise in migrant arrivals over the last few weeks being the pre-cursor of bigger challenges.
The Greek Foreign Ministry has decided to monitor closely European developments linked to the result of the UK referendum so Athens can be prepared for the developments leading up to, and following, the UK’s possible departure from the EU.
The final list of companies that will be competing for the four national TV licenses on the digital network that the government is due to put to tender later this month was announced on Thursday.
Athens has been closely monitoring Turkey’s attempt to mend fences with Moscow, a process that was highlighted by the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia on Tuesday.
Reports that the Culture Ministry has launched a bid to categorise almost the entire area of the former Athens airport, known as Hellenikon, as an archaeological site, a move that could jeopardise the bid to redevelop the largely abandoned space, appear to have highlighted SYRIZA’s unpredictably, although the government insists that the impact of the move has been exaggerated.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is reportedly trying to line up a meeting of southern European, or “Club Med,” leaders in early September as the Greek government seeks allies in its efforts to secure debt relief, but also as concerns grow about how the refugee crisis will unfold.
Greece and Bulgaria should seek ways to enhance their cooperation and model their relationship on the one between Germany and France, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov is said to have told his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras when the pair met in Sofia earlier this week.
The government’s discomfort at having to take on activists has become increasingly obvious this week, providing New Democracy with ammunition for its attacks on the coalition on the “law and order” front.
Relations between Greece and Turkey remain finely balanced in the wake of the failed coup in the neighbouring country, with a number of issues adding to the tension between Athens and Ankara.
As legislative activity dies down for August, and before the commotion that will undoubtedly accompany the next bailout review in the autumn, leaders’ moves on the domestic political chessboard are attracting attention.