The government in Athens has launched a series of diplomatic contacts as part of its strategy to confront Turkey’s revisionist views, especially on the status of the Greek islands in the Aegean.
For those expecting snap polls in a few months, the government’s announcements about the latest inflation-busting measures on Tuesday were the latest evidence needed to back up the theory that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will call a snap vote towards the end of the summer.
The government continued to face criticism for its response to the energy crisis on the day it announced an extension of its fuel voucher scheme. Opposition parties are calling for more radical measures, as an interruption of gas supplies from Russia is set to provide a first crash test of the country’s energy security planning.
The government is unfurling more voter-friendly measures in a bid to counter the impact of the cost-of-living crisis as SYRIZA is moving towards an election footing, reflecting the growing feeling that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is likely to call snap polls in the coming weeks.
Greece’s imminent exit from the enhanced surveillance regime that followed its three adjustment programmes was confirmed on Thursday, providing the government with another “selling point” it could use on the path to the next elections.
The latest developments in a series of politically charged court cases, and a dispute over the independence of Greece's competition authority, have ignited heated exchanges between the government and the two main opposition parties.
As speculation reignites around the government’s appetite for early elections, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis once again reiterated his commitment to seeing out New Democracy’s four-year term, while hinting at further interventions to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.
The ratcheting up of tension between Greece and Turkey has given the ongoing speculation about Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis calling snap elections this autumn an added dimension.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's growing influence in southeastern Europe and the EU membership applications by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have forced the EU to pay attention again to its stalled enlargement drive
The war of words between Greece and Turkey went up a notch on Thursday due to an intervention by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but concern about the cost-of-living crisis still outweighs the worries caused by tension with Ankara, according to yet another opinion poll.