The government is hopeful that some welcome developments on the fiscal front will help fund the next relief package it aims to put together, cushioning the impact of rising energy prices and possibly recovering some of the public support it has lost in recent months.
The first SYRIZA conference since the left-wing party was voted out of government in 2019 was planned as a long-awaited reboot in preparation for the next elections, as well as an opportunity to settle internal debates about the direction of the party.
Recognising that the cost-of-living crisis is its Achilles’ heel at the moment, the Greek government appears to be drawing up plans to launch its own scheme to contain energy prices if no joint action is agreed at EU level.
With cost-of-living worries topping the agenda for voters, the main political parties are beginning to focus more intently on social policy, which is expected to become a hotly contested ground as elections loom on the horizon.
The government trailed on Wednesday a new relaxation of Covid restrictions but a new opinion poll suggests the pandemic has slipped down the list of voters’ priorities and that, ahead of elections next year, New Democracy’s fate could be decided by the cost-of-living crisis.
A major overhaul of the primary health care system promises to tap into the private sector in an effort to decongest public hospitals and introduce greater patient choice, however the reforms are already coming under attack from private doctors.
Bilateral relations between Greece and Russia entered uncharted waters after Athens made yet another momentous foreign policy decision by deciding to declare last week 12 Russian diplomats personae non gratae.
Amid the incessant pressure it is facing on many fronts, led by the cost-of-living, budgetary constraints and the pandemic, there is a potential bright spot for the government in terms of a timely exit from the enhanced surveillance setup this summer.
A decision to prolong the use life of several coal-burning power stations has put Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the spot, as opposition parties accuse him of being personally responsible for the energy crisis he is purporting to address.
The first general strike during the current cost-of-living crisis was held on Wednesday, piling more pressure on the government, which potentially faces a renewed political threat from the formation of new right-wing movement by an ousted New Democracy MP.