Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has underlined to his party the importance of New Democracy ensuring it performs well in the first of what could be at least two national elections next year.
The plans by successive Greek governments to promote the country as a regional energy hub have been given an unexpected boost by the ongoing energy crisis sparked by the war in Ukraine.
The government reportedly sees the energy crisis and relations with Turkey as the two crucial political issues for the months ahead, apparently believing that the worst is over as far as the wiretapping affair is concerned, although developments on that issue have not stopped despite the parliamentary inquiry wrapping up proceedings on Friday.
The government in Athens has become certain that the acrimonious situation with Turkey will last at least until elections take place in the neighbouring country.
The parliamentary inquiry into the surveillance scandal, which has been beset by friction between the government and the opposition over the scope and thrust of the investigation, concluded on Friday with the questioning of PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis by MPs.
A scientific paper on Covid mortality in Greece’s hospitals has prompted a fresh round of questioning of the government’s claims of success in handling the pandemic, as well as allegations of concealment over access to official statistics.
Apart from turning a primary deficit into a surplus in what is expected to be a low-growth environment next year, the government is also facing another challenging balancing act as it will have raise social security contributions for the self-employed despite pledging lower levies for employers and employees.
More polls conducted in the past week confirm the resurgence of Greece’s two main political parties at the expense of smaller players, as the effect of the surveillance scandal appears to have dissipated with the return to regular political business.
Following his numerous appearances in New York and the latest opinion polls showing that New Democracy has so far suffered minimal damage from the surveillance scandal, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is looking ahead to the upcoming election campaign with greater optimism and a growing sense that his party may be able to secure a parliamentary majority.
In his address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly last Friday, Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose to point out the benefits of a peaceful and cooperative atmosphere between Greece and Turkey, but also to draw his government’s red lines vis a vis Turkey’s revisionist policies, making it clear that security, stability, and territorial integrity are non-negotiable for Athens.