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.
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.
Report on minister's surveillance ups ante for ND, as PASOK reels from MEP's arrestPoliticsGreek Politics
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.
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.
Opposition parties continue to pursue wiretap claims, as surveillance bill passes first hurdlePoliticsGreek Politics
The conservative government has seen its draft legislation on surveillance and spyware past the first hurdle in Parliament, but opposition parties continue to pursue multiple routes to pressure the authorities into an official investigation into media claims of a widespread government-sponsored surveillance operation.
Opposition parties vow to reverse public healthcare reformsPoliticsGreek Politics
SYRIZA and PASOK have vowed to repeal the healthcare bill that New Democracy was expected to vote through Parliament on Friday.
Pension rises approved as public opinion teeters ahead of election yearPoliticsGreek Politics
Yet another poll published this week has shown some erosion in the support for New Democracy and points to some potentially worrying underlying trends for the government, which passed on Thursday the latest pension-related legislation that will lead to many retirees seeing a nominal increase in their retirement package next year, ahead of the general elections.