The fine balances within SYRIZA that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is confronted with came to the fore over the weekend, when the party's central committee met for two days of discussions.
In setting out his government’s first pieces of legislation on Friday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to dispel doubts about whether the government would bring the four-month extension of its loan agreement to Parliament for approval.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras outlined on Friday night the content of the first four draft laws that his government plans to bring to Parliament next week as it begins the marathon effort to execute the reforms it has pledged both to lenders and Greek voters.
The government appeared on Friday to be leaning towards not submitting the four-month extension of Greece’s loan agreement to Parliament for a vote.
The size of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s task in keeping his party united through the challenging process of implementing the agreement his government has reached with Greece’s creditors became evident on Wednesday night.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras began on Wednesday his effort to quell any unrest within his party after Friday’s Eurogroup agreement and the reform proposals agreed by lenders on Tuesday signalled a retreat from many of SYRIZA’s pre-election pledges.
The reform proposals sent to Greece's lenders on Tuesday include a number of ambitious goals that are likely to receive wide support within the country but also contain several points which will sit uncomfortably with members of the government.
The European Commission confirmed on Tuesday morning that it had received a list of reform proposals from the Greek government, which is likely to be checked by the Euro Working Group and, if approved, a Eurogroup will be held later in the afternoon via teleconference to give the final green light
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s effort to keep his party on board with the terms of the agreement at Friday’s Eurogroup begins in earnest on Monday when lenders are due to examine the government’s initial reform proposals, which are due to form the basis for the four-month extension.
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis walked away from Friday’s Eurogroup with the promise of a four-month extension of Greece’s loan agreement, which has some concessions for the coalition but overall is a deal that he and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras might find difficult to sell domestically.