Squeezed at home, ministers return to Brussels to look for deal with lendersPoliticsGreek Politics
In the absence of the return of the missions to Athens to conclude a technical agreement, Greek ministers are heading to Brussels in a last-minute attempt to rescue the programme review ahead of Friday’s Eurogroup in Malta.
Differences over pension cuts stand in way of technical agreementPoliticsGreek Politics
Officially, the Greek government is still holding out hope that it will reach an agreement with the institutions this week but all the signs are pointing to more time being needed after a setback in the negotiations.
Wait continues for agreement on measures, tension builds in AthensPoliticsGreek Politics
Greece goes into the weekend with doubt surrounding its negotiations with the institutions and amid rumours of a rift between Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Concerns over energy deregulation add to challenges Tsipras facesPoliticsGreek Politics
There is a growing feeling in Athens that the government is gradually moving closer to the institutions and the two sides are genuinely trying to reach a technical agreement by April 7, when eurozone finance minister are due to meet in Malta.
After raising labour concerns, back to grind of talks for TsiprasPoliticsGreek Politics
After raising Greece’s concerns about labour reform at the highest level over the last few days, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras knows that his government must return to negotiations with its lenders this week if it is going to have any chance of securing a technical agreement in time for the April 7 Eurogroup.
Progress seen after Brussels talks but review conclusion still out of reachPoliticsGreek Politics
There was no tangible outcome from the three days of talks between Greek ministers and representatives of the institutions in Brussels but there are indications that some progress was made, allowing talks to continue in the coming days.
The scenarios ahead for Greece as review hangs in balancePoliticsGreek Politics
As talks between Greek government officials and the country’s lenders continue in Brussels following Monday’s Eurogroup, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras can see a clear path to Greece’s exit from the bailout programme and the crisis but, given the obstacles in the way, there is also a good chance that things will not be that straightforward.
SYRIZA on tenterhooks as outcome of review remains in balancePoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government goes into Monday’s Eurogroup hoping that there will not be a falling out with the lenders (worst case) but that enough common ground will be found so that the institutions can return to Athens to conclude the second review (best case).
Sceptical mood in SYRIZA, pending agreement with creditorsPoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek government swiftly dismissed unsubstantiated rumours on Thursday morning about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras preparing to call snap elections but it is clear that as long as there is no significant progress in its talks with the institutions such speculation will intensify.
Slow progress on fiscal, impasse on labour keep review deal on holdPoliticsGreek Politics
There have been no visible signs of major progress in the discussions between Greece and its lenders this week, suggesting that the best-case scenario would be the conclusion of a staff-level agreement ahead of the April 7 Eurogroup rather than the one on March 20.