A series of violent crimes which have taken place over recent weeks are leading the government to rethink its policing strategy, as the effectiveness of its “law and order” policies is coming under scrutiny.
The pilot launch of the EU Digital Covid Certificate and the apparent improvement in Greece’s epidemiological conditions are offering some hopeful indications for the course of the all-important summer tourist season.
There was no diplomatic rematch between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu when they met again in Athens on Monday.
All eyes in Athens were on the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday, but on the domestic front the Greek authorities are preparing for the implementation from Tuesday of the new insolvency framework, which includes an end to the protection of primary residences for most households.
Greece marked on Thursday the 40th anniversary of its accession to what was then the European Economic Community, but remarks made in the presence of EU dignitaries by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis have sparked a domestic political row.
A government-sponsored amendment to the electoral law aimed lifting the restrictions on Greek citizens voting remotely has failed to gather the 200 votes required in Parliament.
The government continues to pin its hopes for a tourism recovery over the summer on the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which was approved by European leaders this week, but Greek hoteliers appear increasingly anxious that visitor numbers will remain relatively low over the months ahead.
As anxiety over the outcome of the pandemic grows and dissatisfaction with some of New Democracy’s flagship policies begins to emerge, the failure of opposition SYRIZA to capture any ground has intensified pressure on its leadership to develop a new recipe more appealing to voters.
The government is bracing itself for any possible impact from the tapering of the economic relief that it has offered Greek businesses since the beginning of the pandemic.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is heading to Russia on Monday for bilateral talks with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, aiming to rekindle relations with Russia.