The first round of the New Democracy leadership race takes place on Sunday, with current leader Evangelos Meimarakis the favourite to come out on top.
The government passed the latest multi-bill needed for another 12 billion euros in bailout loans and bank recapitalisation funds through Parliament on Thursday night but at a considerable cost.
The difficulties the government has in maintaining unity while also meeting its bailout commitments came into sharp focus on Thursday, when it was announced that SYRIZA MP Gavriil Sakellaridis was being replaced.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first official visit to Turkey ended with no major breakthrough on Wednesday either with regard to the refugee crisis or the crucial issues related to bilateral relations.
Having overcome the obstacle of reaching an agreement with Greece’s lenders to secure the next bailout tranche and recapitalisation funds, the government now faces the test of passing all the necessary measures through Parliament before the Euro Working Group meets on Friday without any major upsets.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first official visit to Turkey (November 18-19) has suddenly turned into perhaps the most crucial visit of a Greek premier to Greece's neighboring country, as it takes place a few days following Paris' terrorist attacks.
The possibility that one of the terrorists who carried out the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday night passed through Greece as a refugee is likely to lead to the European Union pressuring further the Greek government to improve the processing of people arriving on its islands.
The government will be hoping for some respite from the allegations made by ex-Citizens Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis earlier this week after two preliminary investigations were launched into the claims on Friday.
Alexis Tsipras experienced his first general strike as prime minister, rather than opposition leader, on Thursday when the private and public sector unions GSEE and ADEDY brought thousands of people out onto the streets of Athens to protest the latest round of measures.
For some time now, Athens and Ankara have been seeking ways to make a visit to Turkey by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras possible.