Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is visiting Ankara on Thursday, where he is expected to also be received by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following an invitation that arrived in Athens on Wednesday evening.
In an apparent bid to win over Greece’s middle class, which was still reeling from the last economic crisis when the pandemic hit, SYRIZA has presented a range of relief proposals, including debt writedowns.
The expat vote has become the latest pretext for a flare-up between the New Democracy government and opposition SYRIZA, as a new bill proposes to open up remote voting to the Greek diaspora.
The government has started the week by focussing on what it hopes will be an imminent de-escalation of the Covid-19 crisis, relieving pressure on the national health system and the ruling New Democracy party.
The Greek public sphere witnessed last week a rare incident for the country’s political scene - a debate through articles and statements by the two prime ministers who governed Greece between 1996 and 2009 on their views regarding foreign policy regarding Turkey.
As opposition criticism mounts on all fronts, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has offered a defence of his government’s handling of the pandemic and the economy, while seeking one more time to dispel rumours of early elections.
There was no respite for the government from the latest Covid-19 data this week, although the situation appears brighter as far as the rollout of the vaccine programme is concerned.
As the government faces growing discontent with lockdown measures, opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has gone on the offensive, attempting to highlight New Democracy’s failings and stake out his party’s position on a number of critical issues.
The government found itself on the defensive on Monday over its handling of the reopening of the retail sector.
Greece is due to reopen this Tuesday its embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli, which has been closed since 2014 amid the civil war that has torn apart the North African country.