Greece and its lenders are due to resume on Saturday negotiations aimed at agreeing a set of reforms that could unlock further funding but there are doubts about whether an agreement could be reached soon.
With the possibility of Greece and its lenders reaching an agreement this month having faded, the Greek government appears unsure about what strategy to adopt.
The prospect of an agreement between Greece and its lenders at the April 24 Eurogroup in Riga has virtually disappeared and it looks likely that any negotiations over a package of reforms that could unlock funding will carry over into May.
Greece enters a crucial week in its negotiations with its lenders, with Athens expected to produce a revised list of reforms within the next few days in order for there to be a chance of eurozone finance ministers to give their approval on the April 24 Eurogroup.
The meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday failed to produce the kind of developments that would put relations between their two countries on a different footing.
Greek Parliament voted in the early hours of Tuesday morning to launch an inquiry into the country’s two international bailouts, adding to an atmosphere in which there is intense questioning of the policies followed over the previous years and how Greece’s debt was formed.
There were no surprises from Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’s meeting with International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde in Washington on Sunday but the government in Athens still faces a challenging few days ahead.
Following a wave of sit-in protests by anti-establishment groups, Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis has taken the unprecedented step of warning the government via a front page op-ed piece that it has to take a tougher stance on policing.
Parliament is set to discuss in the next few days (possibly on Monday) a proposal by SYRIZA and Independent Greeks MPs to set up an inquiry into the circumstances in which Greece signed up to both of its international bailouts.
A parliamentary debate about Greece’s negotiations with its lenders failed to produce any substance on Monday night but was notable for a clash between house speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou and New Democracy.