Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held another teleconference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Sunday night in what Athens insisted was a “warm atmosphere.” But this seems in complete contrast with the tone of an op-ed published by the Greek leader in Le Monde on the same day.
The appointment of Greece’s representative at the International Monetary Fund would not normally become a hot political issue but SYRIZA has continued its tradition of doing things differently by finding itself in a state of unrest over who will be sent to fill the post in Washington.
Athens has found itself caught up in somewhat of a diplomatic crisis with Albania over the last few days.
The Greek government remains optimistic that it can reach a deal with lenders by June 5, when the first of several payments to the International Monetary Fund are due, but the range of issues on which there has yet to be an agreement suggests it will be very difficult to reach a deal within that timeframe.
The government’s plan to reopen state broadcaster ERT is proving far from straightforward to implement, surprisingly, though, largely due to friction within SYRIZA.
Despite enduring a testing time during the meeting of SYRIZA’s central committee over the weekend, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras emerged on Sunday without any serious damage and with the majority of the party body backing his handling of negotiations with lenders.
A meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande in Riga on Thursday night failed to yield any tangible results, even though Athens insists that an agreement with creditors is just days away.
There has been a lot of movement within SYRIZA over the last few days amid concern that lenders will force the government to sign a deal that runs contrary to the party’s main pre-election pledges.
The Greek public’s increasing scepticism about the government’s negotiating strategy has been emphasised by a new poll, which underlines, though, that opposition parties are not profiting from the growing doubts about SYRIZA.
Athens has been monitoring with great concern the ongoing political crisis in the neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) but the SYRIZA-led government is unlikely to be deterred in its efforts to build closer ties with Skopje.