The Greek government appeared satisfied with the debt relief package secured at Thursday’s Eurogroup in Luxembourg, an agreement that ensures Greece’s medium-term funding needs will be kept to a minimum.
Although differences between coalition partners SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL) over the Macedonia name deal show no signs of abating, the government is making it clear that these different views will not trigger a premature end for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s administration.
Athens has already composed the letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, which will be sent following the ratification of the agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) that was signed on Sunday.
New Democracy shows no sign of letting up in the pressure it is putting on the government regarding the Macedonia name issue, despite a potentially embarrassing report about what opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said about the subject during a recent visit to Germany.
As the dust settles from an intense week for Greek political parties due to the Macedonia name deal, the fallout and whether this will reshape the landscape ahead of the next elections remains to be seen.
The SYRIZA-Independent Greeks (ANEL) coalition suffered a slight blow on Saturday, when it survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament but lost one MP in the process.
New Democracy’s decision to table a censure motion in Parliament has triggered significant turbulence in Greek politics, exerting pressure on opposition parties as well as the government.
As rumoured on Wednesday, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that his party would be tabling a censure motion to Parliament on Thursday following the government’s announcement of the Macedonia name deal.
The announcement of a deal between Athens and Skopje to resolve the longstanding Macedonia name dispute has sparked political turbulence in Greece.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece reached an agreement on Tuesday that will involve the former changing its name to the Republic of North Macedonia, in order to end a 27-year dispute.