As the snow that fell in and around Athens on Tuesday began to melt on Wednesday, the political clash over responsibility for the aftermath of storm front “Medea” began to heat up.
A cold weather front, including snow and high winds brought much of Greece to a standstill on Tuesday, prompting strong criticism of the government’s response.
The new round of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey hang in the balance as Ankara has resumed what Athens deems to be aggressive rhetoric.
Although much of the country is gripped by a cold snap, the Greek government is hoping that this week will mark the start of a marked increase in the vaccination rate, allowing the lockdown measures currently in place to be eased ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter on May 2.
Parliament approved on Thursday the government’s contentious bill on university reform, although the vote is unlikely to settle the debate, and protests, about Greece’s tertiary education.
After a rough start to the week, which saw a cacophony of statements by government ministers and experts culminate in the announcement of a strict lockdown on Athens, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis gave an extended interview to Skai TV’s evening news in which he sought to put his government’s messaging back on track.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday that a stricter lockdown will be imposed from Thursday in Attica as Greece tries to avoid a new, damaging wave of coronavirus.
The government’s messaging over Covid-19 has fallen into disarray, as the looming threat of a stricter lockdown has opened up divisions among cabinet members, experts and interest groups.
The image of competence and sensible management of the coronavirus crisis which the Greek government has been trying to project since the early days of the crisis took a major hit over the past few days.
A new meeting of the quintet on the Cyprus issue is expected to take place at the end of March under the auspices of the United Nations Auspices, following the European Union Council on the 25th of the same month.