PM faces tough talks on two fronts as troika returns

PM faces tough talks on two fronts as troika returns

 

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces tough negotiations on two fronts this week as troika mission chiefs return to Athens on Tuesday for a new audit as his coalition partners press for changes within the shaky administration.

Ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled arrival of the troika envoys, Samaras will have the chance to catch up with Luxembourg Prime Minister and former Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker who is due in Athens today for a two-day visit. Juncker, who described Samaras as “a brother” in comments to the German Stock Exchange’s news website last week, and hailed the Greek premier for doing an “excellent job” with reforms, condemned the European Commission for its forecasts on the Greek crisis over the weekend, noting that they had “no link with reality.”