Third-placed party KINAL holds the first round of its leadership contest this weekend as it seeks to turn a page following the death of former party president, Fofi Gennimata.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s announcement of fines for unvaccinated over-60s has further widened the divide between government and opposition on the handling of the pandemic, as cases appear to fall but hospitalisations continue to surge.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took a potentially high-risk decision on Tuesday to impose a 100-euro monthly penalty on any Greeks over 60 who do not get their Covid vaccines by mid-January.
Problems continue to bedevil the operation of the unified pensions fund EFKA as new legislation seeks to bring in greater private sector involvement.
The week begins with the Greek government, like so many around the world, on tenterhooks due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid, although New Democracy officials have so far played down the possibility of it leading to major turbulence in the week ahead.
The government continues to resist calls for stricter Covid restrictions in Greece, although some experts warn that the public health system is close to breaking point.
The latest enhanced surveillance report from the European Commission urged the Greek government to keep a close watch on the public sector payroll, which is once again growing at a significant pace.
SYRIZA’s bid to put New Democracy on the spot over the Covid awareness campaign that saw a variety of Greek media outlets receive more than 40 million euros in total has been partially blocked by the government.
The collapse of the Turkish lira and the possible knock-on effect that this might have across the Aegean is being followed closely in Athens.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ended weeks of speculation by announcing that low-paid pensioners and people with disabilities are to receive a year-end payment to help with skyrocketing living costs.