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Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos The scenarios ahead for Greece as review hangs in balance

As talks between Greek government officials and the country’s lenders continue in Brussels following Monday’s Eurogroup, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras can see a clear path to Greece’s exit from the bailout programme and the crisis but, given the obstacles in the way, there is also a good chance that things will not be that straightforward.

Photo by Angelos Christofilopoulos/Fosphotos SYRIZA on tenterhooks as outcome of review remains in balance

The Greek government goes into Monday’s Eurogroup hoping that there will not be a falling out with the lenders (worst case) but that enough common ground will be found so that the institutions can return to Athens to conclude the second review (best case).

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Sceptical mood in SYRIZA, pending agreement with creditors

The Greek government swiftly dismissed unsubstantiated rumours on Thursday morning about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras preparing to call snap elections but it is clear that as long as there is no significant progress in its talks with the institutions such speculation will intensify.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Slow progress on fiscal, impasse on labour keep review deal on hold

There have been no visible signs of major progress in the discussions between Greece and its lenders this week, suggesting that the best-case scenario would be the conclusion of a staff-level agreement ahead of the April 7 Eurogroup rather than the one on March 20.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos In absence of deal with lenders, some in SYRIZA keep political options open

A comment by Interior Minister Panos Skourletis on Monday regarding the need for any agreement with the institutions to be approved by a qualified majority in Parliament has revived speculation about the possibility of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to convince his MPs to support the deal.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Key obstacles remain in bailout negotiations for pressured govt

The government has proclaimed progress in the latest talks with the institutions, which were due to continue on Wednesday, but it remains to be seen whether there have been any significant advances towards a staff-level agreement (SLA) and a conclusion of the review.

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