A state-sponsored conference on female fertility has caused embarrassment at the highest level of the Greek government and institutions, after its agenda was revealed to be heavily influenced by the church and the far right.
If the much-anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was focussed on breaking the ice at a personal level and creating the necessary conditions for a calm summer, then their talks in Brussels on Monday could be considered a first step in this direction.
The government’s proposed labour reforms will be at the heart of a political battle in Greece this week as the draft law moves to Parliament’s full assembly ahead of a vote that is likely to take place on Wednesday.
Greece has opened its vaccination platform to the 25-29 age group as it seeks to build a wall of immunity that might ward off a fourth Covid wave later this year.
Opposition to New Democracy’s labour reform continues to harden as the legislation makes its way through the parliamentary process. A 24-hour general strike against the bill on Thursday was backed Greece’s largest unions and all the parties of the left.
The change in the taxable values of properties in Greece and the ongoing clash over the government’s labour reforms are dominating the domestic political agenda.
Vaccination rates across Greece are beginning to diverge, leading experts to make further appeals to citizens to overcome their hesitancy and scepticism.
Almost like clockwork, as the summer approaches the rumours about a cabinet reshuffle have resurfaced in the Greek media.
The imminent meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Turkιση President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels will be the third since their first meeting in 2019. Undoubtedly, it will be the most difficult.
New Democracy and SYRIZA have turned their attention to environmental issues over the past few days as Parliament prepares to debate the contentious labour bill on which the government has placed considerable political emphasis.