PM defends grocery stipend, hopes to draw support from PASOKPoliticsGreek Politics
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.
PM offers shopping bill subsidy as surveillance scandal threatens to spill over into judicial crisisPoliticsGreek Politics
Facing a potential judicial/constitutional crisis over the surveillance scandal, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented a last-minute cost-of-living relief measure ahead of the vote on the 2023 budget, hoping that his government can allay any disquiet among voters.
ND tries to swerve fresh graft claims as EP scandals, phonetapping hang over budget debatePoliticsGreek Politics
The Qatargate scandal centred on PASOK MEP Eva Kaili may have given ruling New Democracy some respite from defending its administration against mounting evidence of a domestic spying operation, but an investigation by the EU prosecutor into one of its own parliamentarians in Brussels has once again upset the balance.
PM turns on PASOK, sees opportunity to revive dwindling supportPoliticsGreek Politics
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.
Tsipras on alert for snap elections, but Mitsotakis looks set to stay coursePoliticsGreek Politics
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has suggested that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis could call snap elections early next year, several months before the government’s four-year term expires, but the chances of such a move appear slim for the time being.
Surveillance and Qatargate threaten to overshadow budget debatePoliticsGreek Politics
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.
Opposition senses PM's position on phonetapping becoming weakerPoliticsGreek Politics
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.
Parties clash on surveillance bill as PM insists he is putting national security firstPoliticsGreek Politics
The controversial surveillance bill was the focus of a heated debate in Parliament on Thursday, as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to dismiss criticism of the proposed changes to the workings of the national intelligence service.
PM sees progress on lasting dispute with Albania after Tirana visitPoliticsForeign Policy
The issue of the delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and Albania as well as the latter’s EU accession hopes topped the agenda of talks between the two premiers in Tirana, following the EU-Western Balkans Summit in the Albanian capital.
PM offers uniformed personnel bonus as surveillance bill attracts more criticismPoliticsGreek Politics
Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of blatant electioneering after he announced on Tuesday that all those serving in the police and coast guard would receive a 600-euro bonus at the end of the year.