If there is one thing the ruling leftist SYRIZA party and conservative opposition New Democracy agree on - or agree to disagree on, at least - it is that the primary surplus targets Greece needs to achieve over the coming years need to be relaxed. The country needs some fiscal leeway to cut taxes. There is no other way.
In a nod to New Democracy chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the European People's Party (EPP) said on Thursday that Greece could be granted smaller primary surplus targets if he is elected president of the European Commission in May on the condition that the country has a growth-friendly government.
The head of the European People's Party Manfred Weber is coming to Athens on Wednesday for a two-day visit, which will also see European Parliament President Antonio Tajani coming to Greece.
Weber, who is running for the presidency of the European Commission, will be presenting his five-year economic plan for the bloc, which includes measures to create 5 million new jobs.