Ministers in Athens are working on an enhanced support package to tackle high energy prices after the government’s proposal for an EU solidarity fund against inflation failed to gain backing at Monday’s meeting of energy ministers.
In a highly symbolic move aimed at underlining the determination of Balkan countries to find alternatives to Russian gas, the Prime Ministers of Greece, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Serbia will meet on Tuesday in the northeastern Greek city of Alexandroupolis.
With the opposition doggedly pursuing New Democracy for its handling of the cost-of-living crisis, Kyriakos Mitsotakis seems resolute on shifting the focus back to his government’s strategic vision.
Russia’s decision to act on its threat to cut off gas flows to Poland and Bulgaria in a row over sanctions has sharpened the government’s focus on the security of national energy supplies.
The unofficial moratorium for calm relations between Greece and Turkey agreed recently by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under strain over the last couple of days.
Against the backdrop of a growing cost-of-living crisis that is eating away at New Democracy’s ratings and giving the opposition parties hope ahead of the next general elections, SYRIZA and KINAL are gearing up for a busy few weeks that will likely define more clearly their positions and strategies.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hopes that the re-election of Emmanuel Macron as French President bodes well for his government’s hopes of further progress within the European Union on effective answers to the economic and energy challenges posed by the war in Ukraine and other recent developments.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been pinning his hopes on a pre-Easter minimum wage rise to boost the fortunes of his party which is being blamed for skyrocketing energy bills and high prices.
The government is hopeful that some welcome developments on the fiscal front will help fund the next relief package it aims to put together, cushioning the impact of rising energy prices and possibly recovering some of the public support it has lost in recent months.
The first SYRIZA conference since the left-wing party was voted out of government in 2019 was planned as a long-awaited reboot in preparation for the next elections, as well as an opportunity to settle internal debates about the direction of the party.