Fires continue to test capabilities and spark political confrontationPoliticsGreek Politics
Wildfires continued to test the government and the country’s civil protection capabilities over the weekend, although a new opinion poll suggested that New Democracy has not been damaged by the recent blazes and is, instead, closing in on a potential parliamentary majority at the upcoming elections.
Opposition challenges government account of prompt wildfire responsePoliticsGreek Politics
With the wildfires which burned through the northeast suburbs of Athens extinguished, the political recriminations have begun. The government is claiming success, but opposition parties are accusing the New Democracy administration of arrogance and misplaced priorities
Fire on outskirts of Athens puts PM's crisis strategy under scrutinyPoliticsGreek Politics
A large wildfire on the outskirts of Athens broke out on Tuesday, piling fresh pressure on the centre-right government and all but killing off the prospects of snap elections later this year.
Early summer fire highlights precariousness of snap election optionPoliticsGreek Politics
Although the cost-of-living crisis remains the number one concern for citizens and, therefore, for the government, which is frantically working on options for further relief, there was a reminder for Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the weekend that another disastrous wildfire season over the summer might destroy any plans to hold snap elections in the autumn.
PM checks up on wildfire strategy, vital to election plansPoliticsGreek Politics
The government is hoping that forest fires will not prove as destructive as they did last summer, thereby not resulting in New Democracy taking another hit to its ratings and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis having the option of calling elections early, this autumn, if he wants.
Mitsotakis confronted by show of strength from church, turns attention to post-wildfire reconstructionPoliticsGreek Politics
Long-running tensions between the government and the Church of Greece threatened to derail Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s charm offensive on vaccination.
SYRIZA puts spotlight on wildfire impact to stress govt faultsPoliticsGreek Politics
Having attacked the government over its handling of the pandemic, SYRIZA ended the week by resuming the application of pressure regarding the summer wildfires, which cost New Democracy some popularity, although not as much as might have been expected.
Evia flooding reopens government's summer woundsPoliticsGreek Politics
Flooding on the island of Evia over the weekend indicates that the government has not yet been able to put behind it the fallout from this summer’s wildfires, which cost New Democracy and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis some points in the opinion polls that have been published since September.
PM opts for unconventional choice to overcome snag at new ministryPoliticsGreek Politics
Kyriakos Mitsotakis stepped up his preparations for this weekend’s appearance at the Thessaloniki International Fair by announcing on Monday a creative solution to the problem that emerged over the creation of a Civil Protection Ministry.
New cabinet meets with focus on fire fallout, policy roadmapPoliticsGreek Politics
Kyriakos Mitsotakis presided over the first meeting of his new cabinet on Thursday, although the gathering was overshadowed by ongoing search for someone to head the Civil Protection Ministry after a botched attempt to create the new government department earlier in the week.