The Greek government’s multi-pronged approach to energy issues has been in focus over the past few days after the US State Department sent Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein to Athens on Friday to convince Athens that it should concentrate its efforts on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and not on extending the planned Turkish Stream pipeline through Greece.
The leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt signed the Nicosia Declaration on Thursday, aiming at strengthening relations between the three countries.
Relations between Greece and the USA became much tenser this week as a result of Greek Parliament approving on Monday a Justice Ministry bill that paves the way for November 17 terrorist Savvas Xiros to be released from prison before the end of his sentence and placed under house arrest.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is preparing for his two-day visit to Moscow, which begins on Wednesday and is essentially his first foreign policy challenge, especially after the noise generated by Greece’s allies and partners following the announcement of the trip.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he hopes for “spring” in relations between Greece and Russia, which he his due to visit on April 8, rather than the “Siberian winter” that currently exists between Moscow and the European Union.
Foreign policy, rather than bailout terms or debt relief, is emerging as the first potential point of conflict between Greece and the European Union after the SYRIZA-led government indicated displeasure over calls for further sanctions against Russia due to fighting in eastern Ukraine.
After spending the first few days of this briefest of elections campaigns focussing on SYRIZA’s possible threat to Greece’s position in the euro, New Democracy now appears to be broadening the agenda of issues it is using to try to eat away at the leftists party’s lead.
Friday marks the beginning of a tricky three days for Greece and the government in particular, with diplomatic talks, street protests and the voting of the budget all on the agenda.
The almost daily headcount of Greek MPs ahead of February's presidential elections is continuing to give a conflicting picture about how events may play out early next year.
Seeing the government close to buckling under the pressure of having to meet the troika's targets, SYRIZA's Alexis Tsipras chose to inflict his own kind of pain on Wednesday, when he claimed that a leftist government would not be bound by the demands made by Greece's lenders.