Greece has decided to nominate current Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos as its representative for the new European Commission after he proved to be the most appropriate compromise candidate.
Greece's coalition appears to have averted one political confrontation this week but has found itself locked in another that might prove more complicated to get out of.
The troika wrapped up a brief assessment of the Greek adjustment programme this week, leaving the coalition facing an uphill task to be ready for the inspectors’ return in mid-September, when a much more substantial review will take place.
After failing in its bid to force Parliament to vote on whether to hold a referendum on the part-privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) earlier this month, SYRIZA now intends to confront the coalition over legislation aiming to make it easier to develop Greece’s coastline.
Democratic Left (DIMAR), once the junior partner in a three-party governing coalition, is in danger of complete collapse after losing two more MPs, who took parting shots at its leader Fotis Kouvelis, on Thursday.
A standoff between the government and unions over the privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) looks to be over but a number of political loose ends remain.
Although the government is coming under pressure due to its attempts to sell part of Greece's electricity monopoly, the Public Power Corporation (PPC), the confrontation over the privatisation may end up being a sterner test of SYRIZA's mettle than the coalition's.
Parliament may be well into its summer sessions, the thermometer may be edging towards 40 Celsius and Greeks may be anticipating their holidays but the tension in the country’s politics is being steadily ratcheted up.
To Potami (The River), the centrist party founded by journalist Stavros Thedorakis earlier this year, held its founding congress over the weekend, thereby taking the next step in its effort to become a notable player in Greek politics.
The coalition passed an amendment through Parliament this week which means it will have to pay judges an extra 70 million euros a year. It is a move that should help repair relations between the government and the judiciary but which has wider implications.