Greek government

Why Tsakalotos opted to skip the Eurogroup

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.

Train to nowhere

The image of Greek government officials standing in a freshly delivered yet motionless metro car during yet another "unveiling" of the still under-construction subway system in the northern port city of Thessaloniki is rich in political context.

US ambassador issues statement in wake of vandal attack

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.

State of stupor

The upcoming European Parliament, regional and local elections are important on many different levels. They are nevertheless not more significant than the escalating threats against the country's national sovereignty.

EU concerned about PM handouts as FinMin plans more

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. 

Government handouts will be evaluated based on agreed targets, mission chiefs say

The representatives of Greece's creditors discussed the country's fiscal situation and outlook with the Greek government following the release of 2018 outturns, they said on Wednesday after wrapping up three days of meetings in Athens as part of the third post-program surveillance.

Government mulling VAT reduction, benefit for pensioners in 2019

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.