The ongoing speculation about early elections took another twist on Wednesday, when Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis repeatedly asserted in Parliament that he intended to exhaust his term in office.
Facing possible snap elections this autumn, there are two key issues of concern for the Greek government on the foreign policy front.
Although Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returned to what has become a favourite subject for him recently – comparing today’s Greece to the state the country was in when it held the referendum in 2015 – his speech to the European Parliament on Tuesday did not pass off as smoothly as he would have hoped.
Greece is well placed to manage interruptions to natural gas supplies in the coming months, according to Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas, who chaired a crisis meeting with senior figures in the energy sector on Monday.
The Novartis scandal, which had been bubbling beneath the surface for the last few years, resurfaced at the end of last week after a judicial investigation into claims that members of the previous SYRIZA-led government, prosecutors and journalists conspired to implicate several former New Democracy and PASOK ministers reached a dead-end.
Health Minister Thanos Plevris has dismissed the prospect of a return of Covid-19 measures after a rapid rise in infections and hospitalisations in recent weeks put Greece on course for a sixth wave of the pandemic.
Although there were no signs on Wednesday of Greece and Turkey being at loggerheads at the NATO summit in Madrid, concern among voters about relations between Athens and Ankara appears to have shot up since last month, according to a new opinion poll.
New Democracy has announced that it is launching a debate on social policy, in a move widely interpreted as the unofficial start of a campaign leading up to early elections in the autumn.
The annual NATO summit due to begin on Tuesday in Madrid comes at a critical time in the alliance's 73-year history.
The prospect of early elections is taking on more concrete form, as the government’s calculus around the timing of polls comes into focus.