Alexis Tsipras faces a crucial few days ahead in his bid to convince Greece’s partners in the European Union that it is doing enough to tackle the refugee crisis and acting on the recommendations in a recent warning from the European Commission.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has become the first European leader to visit Iran since the lifting of trade sanctions against Tehran, underlining Athens’s determination to become a link between the Middle East country and the EU.
Recent developments in Greece point to the European Union viewing its efforts regarding the refugee crisis in a more positive light but the pressure is still on Athens to deliver.
A trilateral summit between Greece, Cyprus and Israel in Nicosia last week marks the beginning of formal cooperation between the three countries.
United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide made the first official visit of 2016 to the Greek Foreign Ministry last week for talks with Nikos Kotzias, perhaps indicating that the Cyprus issue will be one of Athens’s priorities in the months to come.
The President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas begins an official two-day visit to Athens on Monday.
A visit by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki to Athens on Thursday is the first of its kind for many years and raises hopes that Greece and its neighbour are on the path towards settling their name dispute.
Greece, Cyprus and Egypt have agreed to accelerate talks on the outstanding issues related to the delineation of the three countries' Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).
Strong support for Greece over its struggle to handle the refugee situation and the economic reform programme were the main public messages to emerge from the visit to Athens by US Secretary of State John Kerry last Friday.
The Greek government appears – for the time being, at least – to have averted a major confrontation with European Union partners after making a formal request on Thursday for help in dealing with the refugee and migrant crisis.