The future of the world economy is yet again becoming more precarious. Germany, Europe's largest economy, appears to be heading for a recession, while at the same time political developments in Italy, where there is an increased likelihood that the coalition government could imploded, have triggered yet more insecurity.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday visited the Greek island of Evia where a huge wildfire prompted the evacuation of villages and spurred an appeal from authorities for assistance from European Union partners.
Mitsotakis was expected to visit the Fire Department's Olympos (Olympus) mobile unit to be briefed on progress fighting the fire.
European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on Wednesday praised the efforts of Greek authorities to combat a major wildfire burning through a protected nature reserve on the island of Evia, northeast of Athens.
He added that the main objective, which was protecting human life, had been achieved.
Four aircraft from Croatia and Italy will join the firefighting effort following a request by Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Tuesday.
Mitsotakis, who cut short a vacation on his home island of Crete, was speaking during a visit at the Fire Department's operations center where he was briefed on the status of wildfires raging in the country.
During its first few weeks in power, Greece's conservative government has already introduced a number of appropriate measures, it has sent out a few right signals and has, by and large, made good appointments.
The new administration, naturally, still needs to hit its stride. And, inevitably, some mistakes will be made along the way. In fact, some have been made already.
The European Commission "warmly supports" the independence of national competition authorities, an EU spokesperson said Tuesday, commenting on a phone call last week between Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on a newly approved law that replaced the head of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC).
Just when the Greek Energy Minister thought he could take a short August break, after a hectic first 30 days of the Mitsotakis administration, a stern warning from Brussels has exposed the wavering attitude that Athens has chosen by succumbing to pressure from the Chinese-controlled transmission system operator ADMIE over the Attica-Crete subsea electricity cable.