Govt unveils affordable housing scheme, but struggles to shunt wiretapping asidePoliticsGreek Politics
Following Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s appearance in Thessaloniki over the weekend, when he set out a raft of policies aimed at tackling the cost-of-living crisis, the government has tried again to move the focus of the political debate back to its proposed measures even though the opposition remains focussed on delving deeper into the phonetapping scandal.
Androulakis positions PASOK as alternative to leading parties against phonetapping backdropPoliticsGreek Politics
PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis used his maiden speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Wednesday to hit out at both the ruling New Democracy party and its main rival SYRIZA, in an attempt to position the socialists as a distinct and realistic alternative to the two largest political forces.
SYRIZA, PASOK leaders prepare responses to stark choice presented by PMPoliticsGreek Politics
As SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and PASOK chief Nikos Androulakis prepare to travel to Thessaloniki to provide their responses to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s speech at the trade fair on Saturday, the surveillance scandal continues to be a bone of contention between the government and the opposition.
Opposition lambasts Mitsotakis over support package, accuses PM of election scaremongeringPoliticsGreek Politics
Opposition parties in Greece have heaped criticism on PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis for his speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), rejecting both the tone and content of the message in which he set out his government’s economic policies for the coming months.
Surveillance affair snowballs as opposition makes new spyware claimPoliticsGreek Politics
The phone tapping scandal took another twist on Friday, when a SYRIZA MP claimed that he, too, had been targeted by the Predator spyware, fuelling an already very tense atmosphere between the government and the opposition, epitomised by MPs walking out of the parliamentary inquiry.
Surveillance hearings in Athens and Brussels highlight contrasting approaches to issuePoliticsGreek Politics
As the special parliamentary inquiry into the surveillance of politicians and journalists convened in a tense atmosphere to agree the terms of engagement in Athens, a hearing at the European Parliament gave the stand to three journalists involved in uncovering the controversial practices.
Inquiry into surveillance scandal begins as ND feeds speculation about change to election lawPoliticsGreek Politics
The parliamentary inquiry into the wiretapping scandal is due to get underway on Wednesday in a tense political atmosphere and with main opposition party SYRIZA believing that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis might try to duck his responsibility by making a quick change to the electoral law and calling snap elections.
Unveiling of relief package imminent as electoral law speculation is revivedPoliticsGreek Politics
The countdown to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announcing his government’s latest relief package, one it hopes will shift attention away from the phone-tapping scandal, begins in earnest this week.
Scandal erodes support for ND, complicates path to electionsPoliticsGreek Politics
The government’s efforts to focus attention on its fight against the cost-of-living crisis continue to be undermined by the increasingly acrimonious clash with the opposition over the phone-tapping scandal even though opinion polls continue to show Greeks are more concerned by inflation than anything else.
Athens pins hopes on pan-European solution for energy crisis, as surveillance affair unfoldsPoliticsGreek Politics
A renewed sense of urgency among European governments has revived hopes in Athens that a collective solution is on the way to help with the skyrocketing cost of the government’s energy subsidy package.