Alexis Tsipras has underlined again his intention to see out his four-year term as prime minister or, at the very least, not to call national elections before Greece has exited the third programme next summer.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is said to be steeling himself for a potential clash within the European Union over the fate of refugees, which has also been causing domestic problems of late.
The Greek government is under severe time pressure to complete some 70 prior actions remaining as part of the third review, while property auctions remain a thorn in the coalition’s side.
As the dust begins to settle from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two-day visit to Greece last week, questions can now be asked about whether the trip is likely to lead to any shift in relations between Athens and Ankara.
The busy few weeks ahead for the government, as well as the sensitivity of some of the measures that need to be carried out, have rekindled speculation about whether the pressure might become too much for the SYRIZA-led coalition, forcing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to consider snap elections even before the third programme has been concluded.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdgogan concluded his visit to Greece on Friday as the Greek government attempted to defend its decision to extend an invitation to the controversial head of state.
The Greek government found itself in an uncomfortable position on Thursday, the first day of a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which delimited the boundaries between the two countries, to be revisited.
The imminent visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan means that the main focus of the Greek government for the rest of the week will be on foreign policy issues.
Bilateral relations between the Greek government and Russia's President Vladimir Putin appear to be on the wane. This comes just a couple of years after SYRIZA tried to court Moscow while it was involved in tense negotiations with its European partners.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis caught the headlines over the weekend by pledging to exclude his sister, former foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis, and other relatives from government if he comes to power.