Govt hopes for Feb review deal but opposition readies in case of snap pollsPoliticsGreek Politics
There are increasing indications from government sources that Athens has accepted it is unlikely the review will be completed in time for the January 26 Eurogroup and that a conclusion in February is more likely.
Athens eyes fiscal compromise to complete programme reviewPoliticsGreek Politics
The start of 2017 also marks the beginning of a new effort by the Greek government to reach an agreement with the institutions that would lead to the conclusion of the second review within the next few weeks.
Mitsotakis probes for coalition weakness after Tsakalotos letterPoliticsGreek Politics
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis criticised on Thursday the government’s handling of the dispute with the creditors over the pension bonus, arguing that the coalition consigning Greece to further austerity.
Poll suggests scepticism about deal with lenders as Tsipras ponders optionsPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continued to focus on his domestic audience on Tuesday, when he visited Crete to hold a meeting with local farmers, but there is no getting away from the problems facing his government due to the loose ends it has left in its dealings with the institutions.
Tsipras gets no encouragement from lenders, left to consider next movePoliticsGreek Politics
Following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has a few days ahead to consider what action he wants to take next in what now looks set to be a prolonged negotiation with lenders over the second review.
Tsipras wins domestic support for pension bonus but key struggles lie abroadPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday boosted by broad support in Greek Parliament for his controversial pledge for a Christmas bonus to 1.6 million pensioners and knowing that he has put main opposition party New Democracy in a tricky position.
Greece and institutions wrap up latest talks with no progress on difficult issuesEconomyProgramme
Discussions between the institutions’ mission chiefs and Greek officials continued on Thursday without any agreement on the out-of-court mechanism, energy, justice and product markets that were in focus during the meetings.
Lenders' reaction to pension pledge leaves Tsipras short of optionsPoliticsGreek Politics
Greece’s negotiations with its lenders became more complex on Wednesday when the European Stability Mechanism revealed that it has put on hold the implementation of short-term debt relief measures agreed at this month’s Eurogroup because of doubts regarding the benefits for pensioners announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last week.
Flare-up between Athens and IMF fuels doubts over review breakthroughPoliticsGreek Politics
The omens for a productive visit by the institutions’ mission chiefs to Athens did not look particularly good on Monday as the dispute between Greece and the International Monetary Fund over fiscal targets in particular intensified just before talks were due to resume.
Tsipras weighs up options amid concern about mired talksPoliticsGreek Politics
Signs are growing that the government is becoming increasingly concerned about its chances of concluding the second review.