Expectations for deal on Thursday rise as Athens tempers ownPoliticsGreek Politics
An agreement at Thursday’s Eurogroup seems the most likely outcome even though Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras repeated his warning on Tuesday that he would take the matter to the European Council a week later if there is no deal.
Athens banks on French support for debt relief and growthPoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government is due to welcome French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to Athens on Monday as it heads into the last few days of intensive negotiations before Thursday’s Eurogroup.
Athens ties up prior actions, IMF hints at programme rolePoliticsGreek Politics
Government MPs were due to vote on Thursday afternoon a series of last-minute amendments aimed at ensuring that Greece has completed all 140 of its prior actions ahead of Thursday’s Eurogroup.
SYRIZA holds fire as Eurogroup expectations continue to be loweredPoliticsGreek Politics
A meeting of SYRIZA’s political secretariat on Tuesday resulted in the party reaffirming the government’s insistence that it will not implement the fiscal measures lined up for 2019 and 2020 if the International Monetary Fund does not join the Greek programme with funding.
Tsipras tackles two fronts as debt talks continuePoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have his eye on two fronts this week: The ongoing discussions with Greece’s lenders over a possible agreement at next week’s Eurogroup and the process of ensuring that his party remains fully behind him while the talks continue.
Athens unsettled by speculation about proposal at June 15 EurogroupPoliticsGreek Politics
The week ends with little clarity on what kind of agreement will be possible at the June 15 Eurogroup and with the Greek government’s position yet to crystallise.
Tsipras readjusts expectations for crucial EurogroupPoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government’s expectations ahead of the June 15 Eurogroup remain the subject of much speculation following the latest comments by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Lenders provide words of support and warning regarding debt talksPoliticsGreek Politics
Representatives of the Greek government and its lenders continued on Wednesday to publicly exchange views about the country’s programme and the prospects of concluding the review in the coming days but failed to provide any clarity about whether there will be an agreement at the June 15 Eurogroup or what kind of compromise could emerge.
Athens eyes deal on bailout tranche within June, hopes for QE breakthroughPoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government was quick to reject on Tuesday any notion that it intends to avoid meeting its debt repayments in July if it does not get the debt deal it wants with its lenders in the coming weeks.
Tsipras in tight spot over debt deal but QE access may hold key to compromisePoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government seems intent on trying to forge a better deal with its lenders than the one proposed at the May 22 Eurogroup, with access to the European Central Bank’s QE scheme perhaps holding the key to an agreement at the next gathering of eurozone finance ministers on June 15.