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PM defends grocery stipend, hopes to draw support from PASOK

Perhaps buoyed by a new opinion poll showing a slight bounce in his party’s ratings, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis mounted a stout defence on Wednesday of his government’s latest handout, which was dismissed as a pre-election gift by the opposition.

Photo by EC - Audiovisual Service PM turns on PASOK, sees opportunity to revive dwindling support

The Qatargate scandal involving Greek centre-left MEP Eva Kaili has presented New Democracy with an opportunity to turn its guns on PASOK and perhaps convince a crucial section of the electorate not to back the socialists in next year’s elections, as a new opinion poll shows support for the conservatives slipping.

Surveillance and Qatargate threaten to overshadow budget debate

The scheduled debate over next year’s budget kicks off today with political parties distracted by corruption scandals at home and abroad. With governing New Democracy is bracing for further revelations stemming from the surveillance affair, third party PASOK-KINAL is in damage limitation mode after the arrest of its MEP Eva Kaili in Brussels on corruption charges.

Report on minister's surveillance ups ante for ND, as PASOK reels from MEP's arrest

The government looks set for another turbulent week after weekly newspaper Documento published on Sunday evidence it claims proves that Labour Minister Kostis Hatzidakis was placed under surveillance by the National Intelligence Service (EYP) – a revelation that came less than 48 hours after SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras had asked Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to promise to resign if it is proved that EYP spied on Hatzidakis and the armed forces chiefs.

Photo via https://primeminister.gr Opposition senses PM's position on phonetapping becoming weaker

The opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of running scared from the discussion in Parliament about the surveillance scandal and the draft law the government has put forward in response to the allegations about extensive phonetapping.

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