US Secretary of State, John Kerry is expected in Athens on Friday, some three weeks after his scheduled visit to Greece on November 14 was postponed due to an extraordinary meeting on the Syrian crisis in Vienna.
The saga that is the New Democracy leadership election looks set to come to a conclusion as the four candidates have agreed to hold the ballot on Sunday, December 20.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias visited Tehran on November 29-30 in an effort to enhance Greece’s bilateral relations with Iran as well as to prepare the ground for the visit of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is expected to travel in the early party of 2016.
Alexis Tsipras called a meeting of his parliamentary group on Tuesday amid insistence from the government that there is no danger of further defections despite the challenging measures the coalition has to adopt in the coming weeks.
A meeting of party leaders on Saturday did nothing to clear up the uncertainty surrounding the short-term future of Greek politics as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to convince his rivals he was making a genuine effort to find common ground.
Alexis Tsipras took the unusual step of requesting a meeting of party leaders on Thursday, which comes a few days after he appealed for a minimum level of consensus between the government and the opposition.
Greece and Israel made the first steps towards a concrete rapprochement in 2010, which was initiated by the then Prime Minister George Papandreou.
Following its failure to hold its leadership ballot on Sunday, New Democracy is in a state turmoil that looks set to deepen in the coming days.
New Democracy’s electoral committee is due to meet at 1 p.m. on Monday to decide what action to take next after the party failed to hold its leadership election on Sunday due to software problems.
New Democracy called off its leadership election on Sunday morning after technical difficulties prevented party supporters from being able to cast their ballots.