Changes are afoot in key agencies at the front line of the pandemic, as the Greek government says it plans to further loosen restrictions on vaccinated citizens and refresh its public health messaging going into autumn.
Greece’s economic prospects and the impact on households from spiralling prices are dominating the political agenda this week.
A new opinion poll published on Thursday is the latest to show a significant drop in the support for the centre-right government and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the past few months, but with none of this translating into a direct benefit for the main opposition party, SYRIZA
Clashes in and around a vocational high school in Thessaloniki resulted in injuries and arrests, while raising fears about the resurgence of neo-Nazi groups a year after the leaders of Golden Dawn were handed long jail sentences for murder and racketeering.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signed in Paris on Tuesday what they described as a “historic” defence agreement involving new warships and a mutual assistance clause.
As Greece’s main political parties gear up for what is widely seen as an extended election campaign, centre-left KINAL, currently third in the polls, has announced the dates for its leadership elections in December.
The media spotlight on Tuesday fell on the agreement between Greece and France for Athens to buy French-made warships in what is being presented by the Greek government as a revamping of the country’s geopolitical standing, not just its defence capabilities.
Following his trip to New York last week, and to Paris this Monday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to turn his focus to domestic issues this week, with the continuing rollout of pandemic relief measures and efforts to mitigate inflation among his government’s most immediate priorities.
Although Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his aides have been meeting with investors in New York, the headlines in Friday’s newspapers were dominated by the news that the state-controlled Public Power Corporation (PPC) is launching a capital raise that will lead to the country’s main electricity supplier becoming majority-owned by the private sector.
The first polls conducted after government and opposition set out their stalls at the Thessaloniki International Fair give New Democracy and Kyriakos Mitsotakis a slight edge for their pledges on the economy over SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras.