After a summer of challenging developments, New Democracy’s latest labour reform initiative is set to be the first true test of the party’s legislative agenda since its return to power in June.
As the massive wildfire in Evros, northeastern Greece, continues to burn, the government and opposition are preparing for two key set-piece events in the coming days, which they hope will revive their fortunes after what turned out to be a difficult summer for both, for different reasons.
The visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Athens on Friday provided his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis with some respite from the pressure being piled on his government by the fallout from devastating wildfires, but the opposition seems determined to put New Democracy on the spot over its handling of the situation during this summer.
Pressure is intensifying on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to account for the government’s handling of the catastrophic wildfires which continue to burn across Greece.
The informal dinner hosted in Athens on Monday by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to strengthen one of Greece’s main diplomatic aims, which is to regain not only its role as a bridge between the European Union and the Western Balkans, but to extend this connection to Eastern Europe.
In a bid to fend off the growing political criticism it has suffered as wildfires batter the country, the government has pledged to hold a leaders’ debate about how the Greek authorities have dealt with the challenge this summer after more destruction was caused on Tuesday and 18 people lost their lives.
A surprise appearance by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the informal summit of Balkan states in Athens gave Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis some brief respite from the troubles that have beset his government at the start of its second term.
In less than three weeks, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will attempt to set the tone for his government’s second term in office, when he delivers the keynote speech to mark the opening of this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), but aides have started to dial down expectations that the address will be an opportunity for the PM to make significant economic pledges.
SYRIZA is stepping up preparations for its leadership election, which is just over 3 weeks away, as the government continues to be battered by events.
The government appears confident that it has enough ammunition in the budget to announce another round of support measures, which it hopes will demonstrate that it is determined to tackle the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.