Unfair and cynical

No reasonable person can argue that the Greek state will ever be in a position to retroactively return to the country's pensioners the money they have lost as a result of repeated cuts under the bailout programs. Alas.

As a result, it is extremely unfair - not to say cynical - that a politician would seek to woo voters, suggesting that he could make it happen if re-elected to power.

Gov't officials preparing more handouts, worrying Tsakalotos

The government is considering popular measures such as extending the protection of main residences to all, a new 120-tranche debt payment scheme, increasing the amount of farmers' protected bank deposits to 10,000 euros, and early heating oil subsidy payments in order to change the political agenda and put a stop to the rise in New Democracy's popularity.