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Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Tsakalotos role under scrutiny as talks become more tense

The lack of meetings between Greece and its lenders until Wednesday afternoon meant that the government’s efforts to dispel rumours of a rift between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos dominated political discussions during the course of the day.

Photo by Panyotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Tsipras defends compromise, appears optimistic on concluding review

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took his turn on Friday to defend the concessions his government made to Greece’s lenders, insisting that it represents an “honourable compromise” and displaying optimism that it will lead to the conclusion of the review.

Cyprus talks take a buffeting as leaders fall out

The climate between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders deteriorated dramatically last Wednesday when a meeting was cancelled after Mustafa Akinci refused to attend. Akinci also cancelled this week's meeting and decided to attend the Islamic Conference next week, leaving no room for the United Nations to take new initiatives to host another meeting of the two leaders in the coming days.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Effort begins to secure SYRIZA support for deal with institutions

The government’s efforts to lay to rest any concerns within the coalition about the agreement with Greece’s lenders began in earnest on Tuesday, when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos addressed SYRIZA’s political committee.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Greece sees Turkey close to crossing 'red line' in Aegean

Athens is greatly concerned about the further escalation of tension in the Aegean after Turkish coast guard patrol boat fired real ammunition during a military exercise in the area around the Greek island of Farmakonisi last Friday.

Photo via Fosphotos Eurogroup agrees return of mission to Athens but key issues unresolved

Monday’s Eurogroup culminated in an agreement for the institutions to return to Athens in the coming days, which was probably the most positive development that could have been expected at the start of the day but also leaves a lot of ground to be covered in the coming weeks.

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