Viewed from Greece, the dramatic events in Afghanistan have placed Turkey’s role in the central Asian country under particular scrutiny for a number of reasons.
It is widely expected that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will conduct a cabinet reshuffle in the coming days, hoping to draw a line under a challenging summer for his government.
A row erupted between the government and the opposition on Friday as the results of university entrance exams were published, revealing that the number of students going into tertiary education will fall by more than 20 pct this year.
The Greek health system is preparing for a tough autumn, as surging hospitalisations are set to coincide with staff suspensions under the new rules which make vaccination for Covid-19 compulsory for all healthcare workers.
In the first party leaders’ debate of the new political season, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis mounted a defence of his government’s response to this summer’s forest fires, arguing that limited mistakes were made and that efforts are already underway to repair the damage and improve Greece’s capability to deal with such challenges.
Growing pressure on the health system and the threat of a new wave of Covid-19 infections as holidaymakers return to the cities have prompted the Greek government to announce a new raft of public health measures for the autumn.
As normal political activity resumes following Parliament’s summer recess, attention is turning to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on September 11, with the local media pricing in a cabinet reshuffle shortly before or after his appearance in the northern port city.
In his first press briefing since being appointed as the government’s new spokesman, Yiannis Economou revealed on Thursday that a new framework aimed at limiting the spread of Covid in the autumn would be presented next week.
The epidemiological situation in major resort areas across Greece is worsening, leading frontline doctors to warn of a tough winter ahead unless vaccination levels are boosted.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) on Wednesday as the prime minister and his administration try to prepare for the potential fallout from the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.