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.
The distance between the Greek government and its lenders appears to be growing, with creditors putting more pressure on Athens as technical talks appear to have stalled.
After dancing around the issue for the last few weeks, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday, March 23, with the Greek government hoping that the talks could help lead to a so-called “political solution” between Greece and its lenders.
The Greek government, which is entering its seventh week in power, is due to pass its first legislation in Parliament this week as technical talks with lenders aimed at agreeing a set of reforms continue for the second week.