As Greece braces for the peak of what is expected to be a record-breaking heatwave, public calls to limit power usage have prompted a fierce response from opposition parties to the state of the government’s planning for extreme weather events.
The annual political clash over the response to wildfires in Greece began in earnest this weekend as blazes raged in various parts of Greece, particularly Achaia and Rhodes.
Parliament has been voting on some of the government’s reform bills but the political and media attention has mostly been focussed on MPs’ annual derivation of wealth declarations.
The government has succeeded in passing another raft of reforms to the education system despite stiff opposition from minority parliamentary parties and teachers’ unions.
Despite the recent slowdown, Greece’s vaccination programme reached another landmark on Tuesday, when the number of fully vaccinated Greeks passed 5 million.
Vaccination uptake in Greece is grinding to a halt, with authorities struggling to respond to a combination of vaccine hesitancy and an increasingly active anti-vaccination front.
It was confirmed at a cabinet meeting on Monday that the minimum wage will rise by 2 pct, a symbolic increase that is the result of the government’s unwillingness to leave salaries unchanged but also its desire not to come into conflict with business owners who are being tested by the pandemic.
The government continues to press ahead with a patchwork of measures to enforce or encourage vaccination, as uptake appears to have stalled among a significant section of the population.
Exactly 47 years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Ankara sought to leave its mark for the 20 July anniversary, which was marked this week on the northern part of the island.
In its latest push to boost vaccination numbers in Greece, government is preparing this week to table legislation that will penalise public servants who do not get the Covid-19 jab