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Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Tsipras planning for life without Kammenos

The threats by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos to walk out of the coalition if the Prespes Agreement comes to Greek Parliament appear to have left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unperturbed and apparently confident that he can do without his governing partner.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Amid coalition bickering, Skopje vote lights up path to snap elections in Greece

Defence Minister Panos Kammenos has vowed to stick with the government until the Prespes Agreement, ratified by MPs in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Friday night, comes to Greek Parliament, although his opposition to the deal means that the coalition is likely to face more turbulence.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos After Kotzias departure, Tsipras hopes for clear path to elections

While the departure of Nikos Kotzias from the high-profile position of foreign minister is a blow for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, especially as the key diplomatic achievement of his time in office – the Prespes Agreement on the Macedonia name issue – is at a crucial juncture, it is unlikely that it will lead to any material change to the SYRIZA leader’s political plans.

Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos Foreign minister quits government, heaping pressure on Tsipras

One of the government’s most high-profile figures, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, resigned on Wednesday, forcing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into another damage limitation exercise when he would prefer the spotlight to be on his government’s latest initiatives on the economic front instead.

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