Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made it clear over the weekend that as Greece gradually comes out of a six-month lockdown, New Democracy’s aim is to reconnect with middle class voters, who formed the party’s main target group ahead of the 2019 elections.
The new United Nations-led talks on the Cyprus issue are to take place between April 27-29 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, but with no real hope of any substantial progress on a matter that has been unresolved for almost 60 years.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis indicated in a televised interview on Thursday that he expects Greek businesses to bounce back strongly once the pandemic is under control, ensuring that the current criticism directed at the government will soon be a thing of the past.
After several weeks of speculation, the Greek government has given more clarity on its plans for reopening the economy and travel, with the aim of what the prime minister described as “a summer of greater freedom and prosperity”.
The government has abandoned tentative plans to allow Greeks to travel to their ancestral villages for the upcoming Orthodox Easter, but hopes that this will allow schools and businesses to re-open next month.
The mantra of “Easter in the village” seems unlikely to become a reality for Greeks next month, as comments from government and church officials suggest that travel between regions will not be allowed in time for Holy Week next week.
Another week begins with doubt about the next steps the government will take in terms of its Covid-19 policy, amid growing attacks from the opposition regarding the way New Democracy has conducted itself with respect to the pandemic.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his team reportedly prepared several alternative statements to ensure he would be able to respond adequately and publicly to what his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu would say during their unprecedented and heated press conference exchange on Thursday after talks that were aimed at reducing tension between the two countries.
Friday’s news agenda in Greece was dominated by the terse exchanges a day earlier between the Greek and Turkish foreign ministers, which overshadowed to a large extent another day of worrying Covid-19 data for the country’s health authorities.
Parties in Greece are preparing to do battle, as New Democracy’s long-anticipated labour bill looks set to be tabled for debate in Parliament after Greek Easter in early May.