The Greek government’s media policies have come under the spotlight again as the country appeared to backslide in international rankings of press freedom.
A day after Greeks celebrated Orthodox Easter, the country’s cafes, bars and restaurants reopened on Monday after a six-month absence, albeit only with outdoor seating.
After officially submitting its national RRF plan to the European Commission this week, attention in Greece is turning to the challenges of implementation.
Greece was expected to hit 3 million vaccinations in total on Wednesday as the government prepared to announce the scrapping on restrictions to movement after Orthodox Easter this weekend.
There has been good news and bad for New Democracy this week, as the latest polling figures show a boost in support for the ruling party, while growing evidence of dissatisfaction among younger voters is prompting the government to announce targeted support measures.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made it clear over the weekend that as Greece gradually comes out of a six-month lockdown, New Democracy’s aim is to reconnect with middle class voters, who formed the party’s main target group ahead of the 2019 elections.
The new United Nations-led talks on the Cyprus issue are to take place between April 27-29 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, but with no real hope of any substantial progress on a matter that has been unresolved for almost 60 years.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis indicated in a televised interview on Thursday that he expects Greek businesses to bounce back strongly once the pandemic is under control, ensuring that the current criticism directed at the government will soon be a thing of the past.
After several weeks of speculation, the Greek government has given more clarity on its plans for reopening the economy and travel, with the aim of what the prime minister described as “a summer of greater freedom and prosperity”.
The government has abandoned tentative plans to allow Greeks to travel to their ancestral villages for the upcoming Orthodox Easter, but hopes that this will allow schools and businesses to re-open next month.