While the government continues to face fresh allegations in the phone-tapping affair, opposition SYRIZA is pursuing what it claims is extensive evidence of corruption in the allocation of public sector contracts to private companies close to the governing party.
Despite repeated attempts to bury the phonetapping scandal as an issue in Greece’s political debate, the government began this week facing questions about new claims regarding the role of its officials in the use of surveillance tactics not just against political rivals, but also members of the cabinet and ruling party.
Athens appears satisfied with the results of the first visit to Greece by Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his clear position regarding Turkey.
The business dealings of the recently expelled New Democracy MP Andreas Patsis continue to attract criticism for the ruling party. Opposition SYRIZA is accusing PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis of a long-standing coverup while questions are emerging about the ability of the institutional checks and balances to expose conflicts of interest.
Thinking that it had come through the surveillance scandal relatively unscathed, the government now finds itself facing another onslaught from the opposition after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ousted one of his MPs due to his business activities.
Just days after the parliamentary inquiry into the wiretapping scandal was officially concluded, the issue is back in the spotlight as the opposition parties continue to try to dig further into the matter and discover what they believe is the government’s involvement in the affair.
Despite insistence on the part of the government that elections are not at the forefront of the PM’s mind, there has been renewed speculation over the timing of polls in the new year.
The final stage of Parliament’s investigation into the wiretapping affair played out in somewhat surreal circumstances on Friday, with New Democracy looking to swiftly close the book on the scandal but the opposition hoping that more chapters will be written in the weeks ahead.
Despite growing public concern about the worsening cost-of-living crisis, opposition parties are failing to make any headway against New Democracy and PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with the governing party continuing to enjoy the greatest confidence among voters.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose to give his full backing to the Greek Police on Wednesday even though the force has come under renewed criticism in the wake of rape allegations being labelled at two officers and a group of policemen being implicated in a human smuggling ring.