Greek government-debt crisis
It is very important that the Greek Parliament manages to elect a new president to succeed Karolos Papoulias so snap national elections can be avoided and a ballot date can be set for next autumn.
For all that to happen, the country must first wrap up negotiations with its international lenders and make sure that its economic performance continues to improve.
Troika envoys have sent Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis (photo) a list of 19 tough reforms they want authorities to carry out for their latest review to be completed in time for a Eurogroup summit due on December 8, Kathimerini understands. The list was addressed to the finance minister last Friday.
Despite the huge challenges ahead, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partner, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, agreed on Monday that the government will remain focused on completing the current round of negotiations with the troika and securing an agreement for a post-memorandum era next year.
All sides are refusing to budge in the ongoing crisis. The troika wants it all right now, as if oblivious to the current climate permeating public opinion and what is feasible or not. The government appears out of breath and has fallen prey to the overzealous expectations it nurtured. Opposition SYRIZA continues its accusations and polarization tactics without a hint of a plan.