Greece looks for support as expectations for May 9 Eurogroup loweredPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to resume talks with Greek government officials on Tuesday, following the Easter break, but the country’s lenders appear to have already to set expectations low for any agreement on the bailout review by the extra Eurogroup on May 9.
Substantial ground for Greece and lenders to cover before May 9 EurogroupPoliticsGreek Politics
A Eurogroup meeting that will potentially be decisive for the conclusion of Greece’s bailout review is due to be held on May 9 but it is still not clear how Athens and its creditors will arrive at an agreement on the process of defining the extra 2 percent of GDP in standby measures needed for the negotiations to be wrapped up successfully.
Eurogroup decision on contingent measures, debt leave Tsipras with tough task at homePoliticsGreek Politics
Friday’s Eurogroup in Amsterdam ended with a clearer picture of what needs to be achieved for Greece to complete its bailout review but with more doubts about whether the government has the political capacity needed to push through the required measures.
Brussels attacks prompt fears in Athens over handling of refugee crisisPoliticsForeign Policy
Athens strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Brussels and expressed its “profound grief at this heinous crime” but is seriously concerned about the consequences this may have on the refugee crisis and especially on the implementation of the EU–Turkey deal secured in the Belgian capital last week.
As Greek leaders mull position on refugee crisis, EC sets out timetable of targetsPoliticsForeign Policy
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.
European centre-left suggests door is closed to SYRIZAPoliticsGreek Politics
The head of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Gianni Pitella, distanced himself on Thursday from the idea of SYRIZA joining the group, apparently leaving the Greek leftists somewhat isolated in terms of European politics.
A pro-euro alliance to challenge Tsipras?PoliticsGreek Politics
The possibility of Greece’s opposition parties combining forces to form a pro-European front for possible snap elections was revived on Wednesday but the possibilities of such an alliance remain slim.
Tsipras tries to switch focus from measures to need for survival in euroPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made it clear that he believes the agreement reached with lenders in Brussels on Monday morning is a “bad deal” for Greece that his government “does not believe in” but that the country has no option but to accept it.
After marathon in Brussels, short sprints for Tsipras in AthensPoliticsGreek Politics
After his marathon in Brussels, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras now has a series of short sprints to run in Athens as he tries to swiftly pass the legislation demanded by lenders, while ensuring that his government can continue functioning.
Tsipras gets strong mandate for deal in Brussels but left with political conundrum at homePoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received the broad backing from MPs he wanted for the proposals he submitted to lenders during a vote in Parliament early on Saturday but was left with a conundrum to solve after his own coalition lawmakers failed to support it in the necessary numbers.