Euclid Tsakalotos

IMF mission chief: Measures in wrong direction

The tax measures announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday are in the opposite direction to where they should be headed, International Monetary Fund mission chief for Greece Peter Dolman said on Thursday in Athens, as European officials continued to informally express their concerns over the handouts.

Greek PM promises bailout relief before polls

People watch a TV screen as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces bailout relief measures during a press conference, in Athens, Tuesday. Greece's left-wing prime minister has promised crisis-weary voters a series of tax-relief measures ahead of elections, after outperforming budget targets set by bailout creditors. [AP]

Tsipras tables confidence motion as Mitsotakis blasts him over Polakis

For three days, 8-10 May, Greek politics will be focused on a vote of confidence that will be held on 10 May
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has invoked his parliamentary right to turn New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis' no-confidence motion against his alternate health minister Pavlos Polakis into a vote of confidence in the government.

Fiscal leeway leads to handouts

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Thursday said he is planning to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday to decide on the handouts the government will be announcing next week, in an effort to capitalize on the primary surplus overrun projected for this year, according to figures forwarded to the European Commission.