There were a few raised eyebrows when SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras spent two days at the semi-autonomous monastic community on Mount Athos in northern Greece last week but his visit should be seen within the context of the leftist party trying to broaden its appeal and mend its damaged relationship with the Orthodox church.
While reports that the troika may be disbanded in favour of a more European Union Task Force-style body that will monitor Greek reforms in the years to come is likely to be received well by the coalition, such a development would not be without its own challenges.
SYRIZA will attempt to answer its critics in the next few weeks by drawing up a manifesto that aims to respond to the persistent doubts about whether the opposition party has the answers to Greece’s problems.
Greece has decided to nominate current Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos as its representative for the new European Commission after he proved to be the most appropriate compromise candidate.
Greece's coalition appears to have averted one political confrontation this week but has found itself locked in another that might prove more complicated to get out of.
The troika wrapped up a brief assessment of the Greek adjustment programme this week, leaving the coalition facing an uphill task to be ready for the inspectors’ return in mid-September, when a much more substantial review will take place.
After failing in its bid to force Parliament to vote on whether to hold a referendum on the part-privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) earlier this month, SYRIZA now intends to confront the coalition over legislation aiming to make it easier to develop Greece’s coastline.
Democratic Left (DIMAR), once the junior partner in a three-party governing coalition, is in danger of complete collapse after losing two more MPs, who took parting shots at its leader Fotis Kouvelis, on Thursday.
A standoff between the government and unions over the privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) looks to be over but a number of political loose ends remain.
Although the government is coming under pressure due to its attempts to sell part of Greece's electricity monopoly, the Public Power Corporation (PPC), the confrontation over the privatisation may end up being a sterner test of SYRIZA's mettle than the coalition's.