In less than three weeks, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will attempt to set the tone for his government’s second term in office, when he delivers the keynote speech to mark the opening of this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), but aides have started to dial down expectations that the address will be an opportunity for the PM to make significant economic pledges.
SYRIZA is stepping up preparations for its leadership election, which is just over 3 weeks away, as the government continues to be battered by events.
The government appears confident that it has enough ammunition in the budget to announce another round of support measures, which it hopes will demonstrate that it is determined to tackle the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returns from his summer holidays to confront the fallout from the recent deadly hooligan clash in Athens, while SYRIZA is preparing to ramp up the process for electing a new leader to replace Alexis Tsipras.
As Greece reaches the peak of its summer, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis faces a daunting return from his vacation due to several government slip-ups over the last few weeks and a series of challenges that lie ahead.
Although it is still largely absorbed by its leadership contest, which is not due to conclude until early September, recent events have prompted SYRIZA to take a more aggressive stance regarding Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s premiership.
Political pressure is intensifying on the government in Athens to take responsibility for the police’s failure to act on warnings of a planned attack by Croatian hooligans, which resulted in the death of a Greek man in a brawl outside an Athens football stadium.
The government finds itself under pressure, even from sections of the media that are normally friendly to New Democracy, after an apparent breakdown in public order procedures led to dozens of Croatian football hooligans entering the country and fighting with locals outside the stadium of AEK Athens on Monday night.
The government in Athens has promised to introduce a new framework for the issuing of commercial leases for beaches, after a growing grass roots movement demanding the enforcement of limits on beachfront development.
The government is hoping for some respite after several busy and tense weeks since it was re-elected, which would afford it the space to prepare the measures that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will announce at the Thessaloniki International Fair in early September.