Greece’s governing coalition is on tenterhooks over the imminent verdict on the TV licences tender from the Council of State, which is holding its second session of the week on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been given a reminder by his party that he will not have it all his way, despite his recent resounding re-election as SYRIZA leader.
The Cyprus reunification talks are due to enter a crucial stage next month as the Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, have agreed to begin negotiations on the sensitive “territory” chapter.
There is growing speculation that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is on the verge of announcing a cabinet reshuffle with the aim of removing some ministers who are not deemed as being cooperative and increasing the government’s chances of concluding the programme review that began last week as soon as possible.
It was mentioned almost as an afterthought. Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank President, reframed the ongoing debate on Greek debt relief, noting the ECB would draw its own conclusions on sustainability, wait for relief to be implemented, and then decide whether to include Greece in its quantitative easing programme.
Ending an awkward week at home, Alexis Tsipras heads to meetings in Brussels that could ultimately define his term as prime minister.
On the sidelines of a European Council, his talks on Thursday and Friday are with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande and Germany’s Angela Merkel.
The suspense continues. A high court will hear a case against the government over its TV licensing overhaul that has triggered an ugly public spat over corruption, the judiciary, and influence over the news media.
Athens has been forced to respond to remarks by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting that Ankara should back the interests of populations formerly under Ottoman rule, which are the latest in a series of comments that views Greece sees as provocative.
In the 14 months since signing Greece’s third bailout, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has stuck to a punishing schedule of unpopular changes.
Alexis Tsipras appeared to emerge strengthened, or at least free of any immediate challenge, from the four-day SYRIZA congress, which ended on Sunday night.