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Photo via https://primeminister.gr Mitsotakis faces down critics over handling of forest fires

Opposition parties demanded answers from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the authorities’ handling of catastrophic forest fires that continued to burn on various fronts, after a weekend of destruction which made global headlines with the evacuation of thousands of holidaymakers on the island of Rhodes.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Government focuses on safe evacuation as pressure from fires mounts

The pressure on the government over the handling of wildfires increased materially over the weekend as Greece experienced a record heatwave and thousands of tourists had to be evacuated on Rhodes as a blaze ripped through the island after burning for several days.

Image: https://flic.kr/p/2iZn7vV Spyware probe reveals multiple targets, prompts opposition calls for answers

The surveillance scandal, which had become virtually a non-issue in Greek politics over the last few months, is back as a topic of debate after the Data Protection Authority in Athens completed its investigation into the use of Predator spyware and published a summary of its findings on Thursday.

Image: https://civilprotection.gov.gr/ PM takes central role as fires continue to rage

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is trying to put himself front and centre in the government’s response to the ongoing wildfires as questions are being asked again about the level of preparedness for the current fire season and the resources available to the fire service.

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