Opposition MPs stormed out of a meeting of the parliamentary committee handling the surveillance affair over what they claim is a concerted attempt by the government to cover up a politically motivated spying operation on domestic targets including journalists, politicians and other public figures.
In its first survey of the year for Alpha TV, Alco indicated that support for New Democracy has edged back up after dipping towards the end of 2022. According to the opinion poll, 31 pct of respondents say they intend to back the conservatives, up from 30.3 pct in the previous sounding.
The ambivalent stance adopted by the leadership of New Democracy to the funeral of the former king Constantine has been attacked by opposition parties who see it as a play for the far-right vote, an impression amplified by the government’s plan to block an offshoot of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party from participating in the upcoming elections.
In line with the pattern of recent months, the week began with the government and SYRIZA arguing over an aspect of the surveillance scandal, this time concerning the chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, Konstantinos Floros.
Athens appears ready to begin talks on the delimitation of sea zones with the government that will be formed following elections in Libya.
Just hours after deciding that ex-King Constantine II would be buried without any state honours, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was forced to soften his position slightly amid a backlash from the right wing of his party and some conservative commentators.
In the latest twist in the surveillance affair, a controversial opinion by Greece's top prosecutor has come under sustained attack by opposition parties and constitutional experts.
The government is facing a mounting constitutional dispute that is related to the surveillance scandal, an issue that New Democracy has been trying to put to bed ahead of the elections later this year.
The start of the parliamentary season finds the government fighting fires on several fronts, while denying accusations from the opposition that it is exploiting sensitive issues for political gain on the road to elections.
Until Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announces the date of the elections this year, speculation will only intensify about the day on which Greeks will head to the polls, with a number of factors weighing on the PM’s decision.