Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos chose to skip last week's Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, where serious criticism was expressed against Greek government decisions. The minister's explanation for staying in Athens was that Greece would not be on the agenda of the eurozone finance ministers' talks, which he knew was not the case.
In a statement issued a day after anarchists defaced his Athens residence to express solidarity with jailed November 17 terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt described the attack as "vandalism" and the hitman as a "murderer" while expressing gratitude for the response of the Greek government.
Handouts announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of municipal and European Parliament elections next week appear to have raised concerns among European Union governments over whether Greece will be able to honor its pledges to creditors even as Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos indicated that more relief measures are in the works.
The Greek government is considering tax relief measures of about one billion euros for 2019 which it would announce preferably before the national or even the European elections, Kathimerini understands.
The reductions will be funded by the big primary surplus that the government's economic team believes will be recorded in this year's budget.