The High-Level Cooperation Council between Greece and Turkey, which will be held after seven years in Athens on December 7, is seen by both sides as a further step in the course of improving bilateral relations – a process that began earlier this year following the deadly earthquakes in Turkey.
Stefanos Kasselakis is aiming to rebound after suffering another body blow to his leadership of SYRIZA in the form of the departure of more MPs and the publication of yet another opinion poll showing the left-wing party losing second place.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined a package for relief and reconstruction of the areas hit by floods and wildfires in the past summer, which were immediately criticised by opposition parties.
SYRIZA’s decline in the opinion polls and the internal disruption that has followed the election of Stefanos Kasselakis as leader is creating a new reality as far as opposition politics in Greece is concerned.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has vowed to press ahead with a controversial taxation scheme for self-employed earners, defying the threat of protests from professional associations.
SYRIZA is bracing itself for further high-profile departures as the left-wing party continues to struggle to find its footing in the wake of a change of leadership in September.
Greece has made itself available for humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza but continues to adopt a more cautious approach regarding the conflict than other European capitals.
Unsurprisingly, the recent infighting in SYRIZA, which culminated in the party’s left-wing “Umbrella” faction walking out over the weekend, has not helped make the leftists more attractive to the Greek electorate, despite the efforts of new leader Stefanos Kasselakis to state his case for renewal.
MPs have voted for a parliamentary inquiry into the rail crash at Tempe which resulted in 57 deaths in February, but opposition parties warn that New Democracy intends to manipulate the process to shield politicians from criminal charges.
The fallout from this weekend’s turbulent events affecting the main opposition party, SYRIZA, continued to jolt the leftists. Since party leader Stefanos Kasselakis threw down the gauntlet by challenging dissenters, there has been a steady trickle of cadres announcing their departure from SYRIZA.