With the holiday season drawing to a close amid a surge in coronavirus infections, opening schools has become the latest challenge for the government in Athens.
Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is due back in Athens on Tuesday, just a few weeks following his last visit.
The steady clip at which coronavirus cases are being recorded in Greece is posing not only a public health challenge for the government, but also a political one.
Greece is going to tap into its considerable cash reserves to fund some of the economic support measures the government will roll out this autumn as New Democracy tries to avoid increasing the country’s public debt further.
A wide-ranging interview with Christiane Amanpour gave Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis the opportunity to lay out his government’s position on a number of key issues, including the ongoing tension with Turkey, migration policy, and recent developments on the Covid-19 front.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to raise Greece’s concerns about Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean when he takes part in a call with EU leaders on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Belarus.
Greek authorities are said to have set a milestone this Friday to decide whether additional measures will be required to halt a surge in Covid-19 cases related to travel during the peak of the holiday season.
Greek authorities are adopting yet more measures aimed at containing the coronavirus as part of their evolving response to the latest outbreak of the disease, which shows no signs of abating.
As new Covid-19 infections continue to emerge in Greece and concerns grow about the economic impact of the pandemic, SYRIZA has ramped up its criticism of the government on the healthcare front, as well as on the issues raised by the Pissarides report on economic reform.
A week of intense diplomatic activity for Greece culminates on Friday with an emergency EU foreign affairs council teleconference and a meeting between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Vienna.