The Greek government faces a tense few days before the second EU-Turkey summit on Thursday and Friday this week as there are still doubts about whether an agreement for refugees to be resettled directly from Turkey, which is seen as reducing flows to Greece, will be reached.
PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata continued this week to search for political alliances to boost her party’s standing but with mixed results.
The new round of negotiations on the first programme review between the Greek authorities and the mission chiefs began in Athens on Wednesday.
Greece and Turkey appear to see eye to eye on the need to share the burden of the refugee crisis and creating a legal framework to combat illegal immigration.
Having adopted a moderate stance on the refugee crisis in previous weeks, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has decided to be more aggressive in his criticism of the government over this issue.
The outlines of a deal between the European Union and Turkey on refugees were reached at the summit on Brussels on Monday and appear to offer potential relief for Greece.
Monday marks a crucial moment for the fortunes of Greece and its government as their two key challenges, the refugee crisis and the bailout review, will be under discussion in Brussels.
Greek political leaders were locked in lengthy talks on Friday as they tried to form a common position on the refugee crisis before Monday’s European Unit summit with Turkey, which is seen as key to reducing the flow of migrants arriving in Greece.
Setting aside the current hot button issues, such as the refugee crisis and the pending bailout review, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged on Thursday to restore his party’s dire finance to proper health.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias does not see as feasible the possibility of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vetoing decisions at the EU summit with Turkey, on Monday, March 7 to discuss the refugee crisis.