The Greek government is likely to have to wait until the December 3 Eurogroup until it finds out whether its request for next year’s pension cuts to be shelved will be accepted by the country’s lenders.
Just a few days before the crucial referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the Prespes Agreement, Greece is monitoring developments in its neighbouring country with great interest.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras left for New York on Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly, but not before publicly making up with his coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos following apparent tension between SYRIZA and its governing ally over the Macedonia name issue.
The government is moving ahead with efforts to legislate, and in some cases pre-legislate, the measures announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Thessaloniki Expo (DETH) recently as it attempts to convince voters that they were not just empty pledges.
The insistence by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, who leads junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL), that he will bring down the government if the Macedonia name agreement comes to Greek Parliament has met with opposition from some of his own MPs.
The fallout from the economic pledges made by New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Thessaloniki Expo (DETH) over the weekend have dominated the political discussion at the start of this week, but observers also have one eye on the turmoil that could be caused by the Macedonia name issue.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis took his turn at the Thessaloniki Expo (DETH) on Saturday to present a plan of tax cuts, but also to send a more conciliatory message than Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who made his economic policy pledges in the northern city a week earlier.
This weekend will mark Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s turn to try to impress voters as he takes to the stage at the Thessaloniki Expo (DETH) a week after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Amid renewed speculation about snap elections next year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has insisted that his government will be able to come to an arrangement with the institutions over the pension cuts that are due to implemented in 2019 and then hold out for a full four-year term.
Speaking to MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched a defence of his government and the European left, but the Macedonia name issue also featured heavily in his comments, as it did at home.