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Straight on the heels of a Greek 10-year bond issue with a record low one percent yield (compared to 45 percent one decade ago), Bloomberg is singing the praises of the prospects of the Greek economy and government and touts the once unthinkable possibility of Greek bonds returning to investment grade (even though they are still at the junk level).
Greece's prime minister announced on Jan. 15 his nomination of one of the country's top judges, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, as its next president.
In a televised address on state-run channel TV ERT, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the next president would have to incorporate the nation's unity, as well as have a sense of duty, knowledge, prestige and international experience.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has nominated Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, the first woman chief justice of the Council of State, to be the first woman president of the Hellenic Republic.
The surprise nomination was announced by the PM in a nationally televised address on the evening of 15 January.
Costas Karamanlis' recent talks in Thessaloniki and London have triggered a lot of discussion. This was only to be expected given the suddenness of his reappearance; a lot was written and said about the matter, and many questions were raised. Meanwhile, the former conservative prime minister's supporters were delighted by his presence on the political scene.
Governments must break eggs at the beginning of their term in office. Bold reforms must be introduced before the onset of political fatigue as political time starts to accelerate. In crafting his political brand, Greece's conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis adopted several progressive ideas that perhaps don't always reflect the established beliefs of his New Democracy party.
Former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis warns that Greece faces major challenges ahead, in the escalation of Turkey's challenge to its sovereignty, the migration issue, Europe's reluctance to assume a leading role, US unpredictability and what he termed as "major weaknesses" of the Prespa Agreement with North Macedonia.