PM adds minimum wage hike to pre-election promises, with hints of more to comePoliticsGreek Politics
The turn of the year gave Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis an opportunity to reinforce the message that the government will continue to provide relief for hard-pressed households, as elections loom ever closer on the horizon.
Resignation keeps surveillance issue in spotlightPoliticsGreek Politics
The year concludes with the government still being dogged by the surveillance issue, a matter that New Democracy thought at various points during 2022 that it had laid to rest.
Opposition clashes with govt over high energy prices, cost-of-living measuresPoliticsGreek Politics
Greece recorded the highest wholesale electricity prices in Europe in the past week, prompting opposition parties to attack the government, calling for a rethink of its support package.
Election speculation gathers steam while surveillance claims mountPoliticsGreek Politics
With political activities nominally on hold over the Christmas and New Year holidays, speculation over the possible date of elections continues, with the consensus now converging around Palm Sunday, April 9.
ND paves way to spring elections with relief measures amid SYRIZA objectionsPoliticsGreek Politics
New Democracy’s approach to dealing with the cost-of-living crisis continues to be questioned by the opposition. Wednesday’s vote over the latest measure, the so-called “Market Pass”, saw SYRIZA accusing the conservatives of duping the public and favouring powerful business interests.
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.
SYRIZA pushes alternative cost-of-living package but govt support still a vote-winnerPoliticsGreek Politics
The surprise announcement of a “Market Pass” for hard-pressed shoppers in the prime minister’s budget statement has attracted strong criticism from 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.