The discussion about the Macedonian name issue, which began in earnest in New York this week, is gradually becoming a key factor in the domestic political scene.
Following the vote on the multi-bill on Monday, the Greek government is taking stock of where things stand and trying to respond to MPs and party members regarding their concerns about the months to come.
Alexis Tsipras moved on from Tuesday night’s successful multi-bill vote in Parliament by accepting the resignation of a deputy minister on Wednesday as the government turned its attention to its next steps after the conclusion of the third review.
The coalition sailed through a vote on the vast multi-bill that it submitted to Parliament just last week despite various moments of friction within government ranks over the last few weeks.
The coalition is not expecting any nasty surprises in Monday’s vote on the extensive multi-bill it submitted to Parliament last week despite some last-minute unrest within the government.
The government continued to remain confident on Thursday that the multi-bill it submitted to Parliament will not encounter any problems during the vote due to take place on Monday despite some reservations within SYRIZA.
The coalition appears confident that it will not suffer any rebellions in Parliament when the vote on the multi-bill is due, probably on Monday.
The government is preparing to submit a multi-bill that will reportedly stretch to around 600 pages and is expecting that it will receive full support from SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL) MPs.
The end of the Christmas and New Year festivities means that political life in Greece is set to return to its normal rhythm, with January promising to be a particularly busy month.
While the government is preparing to start 2018 with its focus fully on completing the third review in January, it ends 2017 under pressure from the main opposition party to clarify its stance on talks with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to resolve the longstanding name dispute between Athens and Skopje.