As Greece’s Covid-19 statistics show no signs of improvement, the government in Athens is reaching a decision point on both the nature and the duration of its lockdown measures.
The difficulties faced by the government are piling up as Covid-19 continues to be a threat to public health and finances, the stand-off over the hunger strike of terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas intensifies and another high-profile figure departs the administration.
Ankara is involved in activities that are ratcheting up tension with Athens, something that diminishes any hopes that the pending 62nd round of exploratory talks will be productive.
The government is expected to announce the extension of the stricter lockdown in place in Attica and other parts of Greece for at least one more week due to the persistently high number of Covid-19 cases and the pressure on the national health system.
As the government becomes more deeply mired in accusations of covering up sex abuse in public institutions, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis invited political leaders to debate the “quality of public dialogue” in a special session of Parliament on Thursday.
The government’s plans to reopen the retail sector in the coming days hang in the balance after a stark increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, leading to reported disagreements between scientists and the Development Ministry over the best course of action.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be looking to rally his cabinet around the government’s reform agenda, as New Democracy battles an unfolding sex scandal, on top of worsening economic data and growing lockdown fatigue.
The pace of vaccinations in Greece is continuing to improve, encouraging government officials to be hopeful that economic activity will be able to resume from March.
The message that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis received from New Democracy MPs is that the government has to focus on rolling out the Covid-19 vaccines as fast as possible and must provide Greek businesses with the strongest economic support possible.
Accusations of sexual assault and abuse which started with Olympic yachtswoman’s Sofia Becatarou’s public revelation of rape at the hands of a sailing federation official have emerged from all corners of public life, touching on state cultural institutions and the world of politics.