The first opinion poll to be published since the recent cabinet reshuffle provides the first indication that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s personal popularity has taken a direct hit for government decisions.
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s appearance at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) this weekend – the first major political set piece after the summer – pressure is growing on Kyriakos Mitsotakis to come up with answers to rising prices.
The government’s determination to return to in-person teaching in schools and universities is prompting a search for ways to boost vaccination rates among students and teaching staff and offer reassurance to concerned parents of younger pupils.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis stepped up his preparations for this weekend’s appearance at the Thessaloniki International Fair by announcing on Monday a creative solution to the problem that emerged over the creation of a Civil Protection Ministry.
After a long period of time during which stagnation and suspicion had prevailed in Greece's relations with North Macedonia, the two neighbouring countries appear to be trying to break the ice.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis presided over the first meeting of his new cabinet on Thursday, although the gathering was overshadowed by ongoing search for someone to head the Civil Protection Ministry after a botched attempt to create the new government department earlier in the week.
The vaccination mandate for hospital staff came into effect on Wednesday, resulting in thousands of temporary suspension notices for unvaccinated workers.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s attempt to send a message of renewal via Tuesday’s cabinet reshuffle stumbled at the first hurdle after the would-be head of the newly created Civil Protection Ministry, former admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, turned down the position.
Low vaccination rates are emerging as an intractable issue for the Greek health authorities, as the return of holidaymakers and the start of the school year are expected to lead to a new surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis decided to remove some of his key ministers from the firing line on Tuesday as part of a cabinet reshuffle, while also creating a new ministry to oversee civil protection in the wake of the pandemic and wildfire challenges.