The 62nd round of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey is expected to take place on Tuesday, March 16 in Athens, following Ankara’s hesitance in responding to dates tabled by the Greek side.
The recent arguments over police brutality and street violence were aired in Parliament on Friday as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to hit back at allegations that his government is allowing officers to act with impunity by proposing a range of measures to monitor and improve their behaviour.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday the continuation of economic support measures through April, as the persistence of Covid-19 infection rates raises the likelihood of another extension to the lockdown.
Greece revealed its worst Covid-19 data so far this year on Tuesday but that was overshadowed by the clashes that broke out in the Nea Smyrni neighbourhood of Athens following a protest against police violence.
The government in Athens is signalling a gradual easing of the lockdown, despite continuing pressure on the health system from Covid-19 cases. While most reports are pointing to a further week of restrictions beyond the current end date of 16 March, planning is already underway to determine the sequence of steps to reopening.
Not for the first time since coming to power in the summer of 2019, the New Democracy government is being forced to defend itself against accusations that it is allowing the police a wide berth to use violence against citizens.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is scheduled to visit Cairo on Monday and there are two developments linked to his trip to Egypt - one of several during his tenure.
The spread of Covid-19 in Greece, and the problems this is causing for the health system, shows no sign of abating, triggering growing concern about the financial cost of the crisis and the government’s ability to keep providing businesses with economic relief.
The latest Covid-19 figures shocked the Greek government into announcing a series of changes to lockdown rules and moving yet more regions to the highest risk category, however opposition parties are unimpressed with the latest response to the pandemic, calling for the government to take stronger action.
The government is set to admit defeat in its strategy for containing Covid-19 as health data continues to cause concern and new measures are set to be announced to rein in the virus.