Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called on his government to step up its work as he completed, ahead of this week’s European Council, a series of meetings designed to issue a positive message to the domestic audience following last week’s agreement at the Eurogroup.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras concluded on Tuesday afternoon his round of meetings with opposition leaders to discuss last week’s Eurogroup decision as his government reacted angrily to suggestions that some of its ministers are blocking privatisations and other measures.
Athens is seeking a way to move towards a normalisation of Greek–Turkish relations through Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Greece on Monday, when he held substantial talks with Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to step up his efforts to present last Thursday’s Eurogroup agreement in the best possible light, before he leaves for the European Council later in the week.
Athens has blocked a European Union statement at the United Nations that aimed to strongly criticise China’s human rights record.
The government began on Friday the task of talking up the agreement that it reached with its creditors at the Eurogroup but immediately came under fire from the opposition.
Thursday’s Eurogroup in Luxembourg ended in an agreement that will see Greece receive another 8.5 billion euros in loans but fell short of giving the International Monetary Fund the clarity it wanted on debt relief measures in order to immediately join the Greek programme with new funding.
Greece and its lenders appeared on Thursday to be on the way to an agreement that would provide Athens with its next bailout tranche and little more clarity on debt relief, but not the level of detail that Athens had hoped over the past few months.
As Thursday's Eurogroup approaches, Athens and Berlin are dialling up their rhetoric but an agreement that will fall short of Greek expectations while still leaving Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with something to grasp on to still seems the most likely outcome of the meeting.
An agreement at Thursday’s Eurogroup seems the most likely outcome even though Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras repeated his warning on Tuesday that he would take the matter to the European Council a week later if there is no deal.