Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has reiterated his opposition to the name deal with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), calling on President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to summon the Political Leaders' Council and scrap it if the deal does not safeguard Greece from its northern neighbor's irredentism.
The economy is the hot-button issue that will determine the outcome of the next general elections in Greece.
The ruling leftist SYRIZA party appears to believe that the way to exercise economy is to appoint your cronies and voters to positions in the civil service, and to promise all sorts of handouts.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis crossed swords on Friday in two separate speeches in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Addressing a SYRIZA rally in the northern city, the leftist premier lashed out at ND on a wide range of issues ranging from foreign policy to alleged scandals in the conservative party's closet.
In 2015 frustration spurred Greeks to vote for a party that vowed to turn things upside down with a supposedly heroic renegotiation of the bailout agreements with the country's foreign lenders and partners. But SYRIZA repeated all the bad habits that led Greece to default: nepotism, corruption, misguided handouts, mass hirings, interference in institutions and reliance on party acolytes.