PM to seek united front with coalition partners ahead of troika visit

PM to seek united front with coalition partners ahead of troika visit

 

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is preparing for crucial talks with his coalition partners on Wednesday in a bid to present a united front on a series of reforms demanded by foreign creditors who are sending inspectors back to Athens later this week.

Negotiations with troika mission chiefs, who are expected in Athens by Thursday, are expected to focus on a much-delayed downsizing of the civil service, on lagging tax collection and on the planned merger of National Bank and Eurobank. The talks, which broke off last month amid a disagreement on the civil service overhaul, are to determine whether or not Greece receives the next tranche of rescue funding from its international creditors, worth 2.8 billion euros. But the conservative-led administration faces several hurdles in clinching the troika’s approval.