Comments by a government official appear to have doused expectations of snap elections before the summer, but speculation remains as lively as ever about an early vote later this year, possibly accompanied by another change to the electoral system.
Alexis Tsipras attempted to connect with pensioners on Friday – an electoral group with which his SYRIZA party has limited appeal, but which the opposition leader seems to believe he can entice given the current concerns about the cost of living.
The government is pinning its hopes on a new support package to blunt the effects of galloping inflation on households and businesses, but the opposition is accusing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of being too timid and missing the mark.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to make a televised address on Wednesday to unveil his government’s latest attempt at combatting the cost-of-living crisis, but SYRIZA is trying to push the issue of Covid-related deaths back up the political agenda.
Details are emerging of the government’s plans for further economic support measures to cushion the effects of the war in Ukraine on inflation. With the cost set to balloon over the coming weeks, the stance adopted by the EU will be crucial in determining how far the Finance Ministry can go to counterbalance cost-of-living rises.
Athens is expecting a new political environment in its relations with Ankara, to retain open communication channels and a period of tranquility in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean following the meeting between Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, on Sunday.
The government is set to announce later this week the enhanced package of relief measures aimed at cushioning the impact of the war in Ukraine on Greek businesses and households but also insulating New Democracy from potential voter dissatisfaction.
The first day of the EU leaders’ summit in Versailles on Thursday did not produce particularly encouraging developments for the Greek government, which is hoping that Europe will step in to provide solutions on the fiscal front as the energy crisis and runaway inflation fuel political concern.
The past week has seen the range of potential policies for tackling high energy prices expand with further proposals at both the EU and the domestic level.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged that his government will announce in the coming days an additional support package to counter the cost-of-living crisis, which remains a key threat to New Democracy’s political fortunes.