ELSTAT’s confirmation on Friday that the 2016 primary surplus was well in excess of the agreed target appears to have given the government a boost for the time being.
Greece’s delegation of ministers is due to head to Washington for the International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings on Thursday, hoping that it will return with at least confirmation that the IMF and the eurozone are on the same page regarding debt relief.
The Greek political scene is going through a brief lull as Parliament waits to vote on the measures the government is due to finalise with the lenders in the coming days, but New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was called into action this week amid minor unrest in his party.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious on Sunday and the victory for “Yes” in the referendum likely signals a long period of instability for Greece's neighbour.
Following the Easter break, the Greek government’s attention will be on two main issues: Completing the review so a “global deal” can be concluded before the end of May and trying to shift the focus domestically away from the new measures and onto more positive interventions by the coalition.
Talks between Greece and its lenders are heading for a brief break over the Easter weekend but are due to resume with some urgency next week, when debt relief is expected to dominate the agenda.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have decided to hold four bi-communal meetings starting on April 20.
Comments by International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde regarding the debt relief that the eurozone will provide Greece have shed further the light on the discussions that lie ahead but also on the form that the domestic political debate will take.
The International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings due later this month are emerging as the next key juncture in the road towards the conclusion of the second programme review.
SYRIZA has made no secret of its desire to change Greece’s approach towards the European Union when it came to power, a theme that had a central role in its campaign.