In the most public display of dissent within the government since New Democracy came to power in the summer of 2019, former prime minister Antonis Samaras has voiced his disagreement with the policy being followed by current Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Greek-Turkish relations.
After months of bilateral tension over maritime borders and gas exploration rights, Turkish and Greek diplomats are scheduled to resume in Istanbul this Monday, January 25, the exploratory talks long-standing territorial disputes in the Aegean between the two countries.
The government was poised on Friday to announce the next step in the easing of the latest lockdown, although the main point of political contention at the end of this week was a proposal regarding public gatherings and protests.
The Greek Parliament approved on Wednesday the extension of the country’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles by a massive majority of 284.
Amid speculation that ski resorts and the food service sector could be the next to see a relaxation of the current Covid-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis intervened on Wednesday to suggest that the government’s next goal is to re-open secondary schools rather than other sectors of the economy.
The claim by one of Greece’s top sportswomen that she had been a victim of rape by a high-ranking sports official has brought unanimous support from the country’s political world and calls for sweeping reforms to the conservative world of competitive sport.
The retail sector re-opened on Monday in parts of Greece that are not considered high risk for Covid-19 as the government embarks on a gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
After a tumultuous year that saw an unprecedented crisis in terms of length and actual tension between Greece and Turkey, the two sides are scheduled to re-launch on January 25 in Istanbul the exploratory talks over their longstanding differences in the Aegean.
The government was preparing on Friday for a relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions as the virus numbers continue to improve and businesses grow warier of the impact from a prolonged lockdown.
Two recent opinion polls confirm the political dominance of Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his New Democracy government amidst the pandemic and the tense relations with Turkey.