The political status in Greece
On 11 April, the Greek government slammed Turkey for alleging that the government in Athens is aiding and abetting what Ankara sees as Kurdish terrorists – accusations that came after Greece has granted citizenship to Islamic State militants. These accusations traded by the two NATO allies may threaten ongoing negotiations to ease long-standing differences that nearly sparked a war between them last year.
On 12 April, the Greek government announced that it will introduce legislation that will abolish all restrictions regarding voting for diaspora Greeks. In this regard, Interior Minister Makis Voridis stated that an amendment to the current law, which will make it easier for Greeks in the United States, Australia, and Canada to vote in Greece’s national elections, will be proposed in the Greek parliament in the coming weeks.
On the same day, it was announced that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomes the recovery plan proposed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), which suggests that the EIB manages €5 billion of Greece’s EU recovery funds and transfers its know-how in digital and green projects to Greece and speeds up investments. This first EIB cooperation to implement investments by the recovery and resilience facility will encompass about 170 projects focusing on digitalisation, green energy, and education, and will put specific emphasis on making Greece’s economy more outward-looking and growth-oriented.