The working week drew to a close on Friday with the government apparently in a better mood than at the beginning of the week despite uncomfortable questions about its handling of the Saronic Gulf oil spill and the completion of the third review.
New Democracy and PASOK have informed the coalition that they will no longer vote for legislation which does not have the support of both coalition parties, which promises to make life more complicated for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the months ahead.
Turkey's decision to sign a controversial deal worth 2.14 billion euros with Russia for S-400 anti-aircraft missiles has sparked concerns within NATO and the European Union, putting the Greek government on alert as well.
Concerned about the possibility of the third review becoming a protracted affair, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged his ministers to act quickly to complete the prior actions before the end of the year, which is when the institutions would also like to wrap up matters.
It was New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s turn to step into the spotlight at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) last weekend and set out his proposals.
Any hopes that Athens had of obtaining a clearer picture at Friday’s Eurogroup about how the third review might progress failed to materialise as several doubts remained, while the emphasis from the lenders’ side was very much on the third review being completed this year.
Greece received Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Wednesday, with the government hoping that the latest visit by a European leader would help shift the focus from the series of problems that have arisen this week.
Discussions between Greek government officials and members of the technical teams dispatched to Athens by the institutions continued on Wednesday, amid suggestions that the coalition’s hopes of a swift conclusion to the review are likely to be dashed.
The third review began in earnest on Monday with the arrival of the technical teams representing Greece’s lenders and an agenda that seems to be broadening by the day.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras completed his recent attempt to reinvigorate his government with a relatively low-key, but targeted, appearance at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).