As normal political activity resumes following Parliament’s summer recess, attention is turning to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on September 11, with the local media pricing in a cabinet reshuffle shortly before or after his appearance in the northern port city.
In his first press briefing since being appointed as the government’s new spokesman, Yiannis Economou revealed on Thursday that a new framework aimed at limiting the spread of Covid in the autumn would be presented next week.
The epidemiological situation in major resort areas across Greece is worsening, leading frontline doctors to warn of a tough winter ahead unless vaccination levels are boosted.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) on Wednesday as the prime minister and his administration try to prepare for the potential fallout from the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The suppression of the previous week’s catastrophic wildfires and the traditional end of the Greek summer holiday season is giving the country’s political forces an opportunity to regroup and prepare the agenda for the return to business.
Greece and Turkey are seemingly enjoying a calm period in their diplomatic relations this summer, but Athens is expecting things to warm up over the autumn.
After facing journalists on Thursday to defend his government’s handling of the recent wildfires, as well as its overall record, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Friday a small shake-up in some key posts, mostly related to the team around him.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis gave an extended press conference on Thursday as part of what is seen as a concerted effort by the government to address the criticism it has faced over the management of the catastrophic forest fires of the prior week.
The government has set out a three-step process for helping the fire-stricken areas of Greece recover from this summer’s devastating wildfires, starting with an immediate compensation programme that New Democracy hopes will help it deflect some of the criticism regarding the response to the blazes, particularly in Evia.
An apology issued by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the management of the wildfires which continue to burn across parts of Greece has been greeted with extreme scepticism by the opposition, as public disbelief and anger continue to mount.