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.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to round off on Monday evening his attempt to engage with his own party and the domestic audience over the content of the reform package his government has sent to lenders and the course of negotiations in Brussels.
Recent developments had created a sense of optimism in Greece regarding the country’s prospects for overcoming its differences with lenders in the coming days but the government was given a reminder on Wednesday that it should not expect it all to be plain sailing.
A lengthy meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday produced little in the way of concrete developments but seems to have been a significant contribution to the normalisation of relations between the new government in Athens and its lenders, including Germany.
Less than two months into his stint as prime minister, Alexis Tsipras has his first potential political scandal to deal with.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appears to have eked out some limited breathing space for his government following talks with key European Union officials in Brussels late on Wednesday night.
Ahead of a meeting between key European Union officials and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels, Athens has revealed that it hopes to reach an agreement for lenders to release some funding in return for certain reforms.