Implementation snags hang over ambitious post-Covid recovery plansPoliticsGreek Politics
Greece’s national plan to allocate EU Recovery & Resilience funds is moving apace at the planning stage, but appears to be stumbling at implementation.
SYRIZA on front foot over energy prices as poll gap narrows furtherPoliticsGreek Politics
Until the government announces a reported 5-billion-euro package of measures aimed at containing energy prices, SYRIZA senses that it has an opportunity to erode further New Democracy’s lead in the opinion polls by appearing more proactive than its rival.
Govt counts cost of own energy package as hopes of coordinated EU response fadePoliticsGreek Politics
Ministers in Athens are working on an enhanced support package to tackle high energy prices after the government’s proposal for an EU solidarity fund against inflation failed to gain backing at Monday’s meeting of energy ministers.
SYRIZA and KINAL focus on settling internal issues as they clear path to electionsPoliticsGreek Politics
Against the backdrop of a growing cost-of-living crisis that is eating away at New Democracy’s ratings and giving the opposition parties hope ahead of the next general elections, SYRIZA and KINAL are gearing up for a busy few weeks that will likely define more clearly their positions and strategies.
PM goes big on minimum wage increase, but opposition unmovedPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been pinning his hopes on a pre-Easter minimum wage rise to boost the fortunes of his party which is being blamed for skyrocketing energy bills and high prices.
More fiscal space emerges for new energy relief package as parties jostle for supportPoliticsGreek Politics
The government is hopeful that some welcome developments on the fiscal front will help fund the next relief package it aims to put together, cushioning the impact of rising energy prices and possibly recovering some of the public support it has lost in recent months.
Tsipras strengthens hold on leadership at fractious SYRIZA conferencePoliticsGreek Politics
The first SYRIZA conference since the left-wing party was voted out of government in 2019 was planned as a long-awaited reboot in preparation for the next elections, as well as an opportunity to settle internal debates about the direction of the party.
Govt eyes own energy package if EU fails to approve joint actionPoliticsGreek Politics
Recognising that the cost-of-living crisis is its Achilles’ heel at the moment, the Greek government appears to be drawing up plans to launch its own scheme to contain energy prices if no joint action is agreed at EU level.
Covid restrictions to be relaxed but public fixated on cost-of-living crisisPoliticsGreek Politics
The government trailed on Wednesday a new relaxation of Covid restrictions but a new opinion poll suggests the pandemic has slipped down the list of voters’ priorities and that, ahead of elections next year, New Democracy’s fate could be decided by the cost-of-living crisis.
PM set to prolong coal use, sparking complaints about energy policy U-turnPoliticsGreek Politics
A decision to prolong the use life of several coal-burning power stations has put Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the spot, as opposition parties accuse him of being personally responsible for the energy crisis he is purporting to address.