As the dust settles from an intense week for Greek political parties due to the Macedonia name deal, the fallout and whether this will reshape the landscape ahead of the next elections remains to be seen.
Greek ministers and representatives of the institutions held a teleconference on Monday to discuss the state of play in the fourth review as all sides attempt to clear the decks so a comprehensive agreement, including debt relief, can be reached at Thursday’s Eurogroup.
Greece’s central government primary cash balance recorded a surplus of 6.40 billion euros in the first five months of the year, Bank of Greece (BoG) figures showed on Monday.
The government will be looking to demonstrate a significant reduction in its list of 88 prior actions by the June 21 Eurogroup, including covering ground on several major privatisations.
The annual Digital News Report by the Reuters institute, which aims to dissect how news is consumed in various countries, has shown persistently high levels of mistrust in news sources among Greek users.
It’s been quite a few days for Alexis Tsipras. The Greek Prime Minister has been deemed worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize by commentators outside of Greece, while domestic critics have accused him of being a traitor. In reality, both claims are excessive, but truth is not a currency that many people like to deal in when it comes to the Macedonia name issue.
The SYRIZA-Independent Greeks (ANEL) coalition suffered a slight blow on Saturday, when it survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament but lost one MP in the process.
Expectations for the debt relief package that may be agreed at next week’s Eurogroup are being kept low and the interventions that are due to be announced look set to fall below the bar set by the Greek government.
A study by the Center for the Development of Educational Policy (KANEP-GSEE) of the GSEE has shown that even though education in Greece is free, families spend around 3 billion euros annually on education-related expenses.
One of the most bizarre disputes in the history of international relations may be coming to an end. Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have reached an agreement on the name dispute. This opens the door for the membership of the latter to the EU and NATO.