Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the party leaders that support the coalition government, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis meet this afternoon at the Maximos Mansion to have an overall review of the current political issues, with special focus on the anti-racism bill.
The meeting between the three leaders is rather important, despite the government downplaying it as a routine meeting, tovima.gr writes. Both Venizelos and Kouvelis have been demanding they have a greater influence on the way the government operates, to remind Samaras that New Democracy is not governing on its own.
PASOK and DIMAR officers have openly criticized the government for failing to inform them on decisions being made. The Prime Minister will likely pursue some sort of compromise and truce, in order to find a golden balance that will maintain the calm atmosphere that is necessary to push forward the reforms.
The government leaders will also discuss the goals of the government and the action plan to prepare for the troika visit in the summer, such as the tax bill, dismissals from the public sector, deregulations, privatizations etc. Experienced government officers claim that despite the distance of opinion, the government’s cohesion and determination are not at risk.
The International Monetary Fund will send a team to Greece early next month for talks with Greek authorities and the IMF’s bailout partners, following a meeting of the IMF executive board to discuss a review of Greece’s programme, the IMF said.
“The executive board is expected to meet [this] week, Friday, May 31, to discussion the completion of the third review of Greece’s programme,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters during a regular press briefing in Washington.
“A staff team will start discussions in Athens with the Greek authorities and our European partners on June 4. These discussions are expected to last about two weeks and Poul Thomsen will be leading the mission,” the spokesman said.