The Greek government expects a “positive political sign’ to emerge from Monday’s Eurogroup to reflect “the progress” made in the negotiations with Greece, sources said after the end of a meeting chaired by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras late on Friday.
The meeting had included government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis, who had left earlier in the afternoon, as well as Economy Minister George Stathakis who left after him and Alternate Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos, in charge of coordinating the Greek negotiating team.
Speaking about liquidity, the sources noted that one of the Greek government‘s aims was a relaxation of restrictions imposed by the European Central Bank. They pointed out that Greece has fulfilled its obligations, whereas it has not received any cash from the creditors since last August.
According to government sources, the negotiations were continuing and there was optimism on the part of the government but also concern over the need for awareness and shared responsibility on the part of the institutions and Europe.
They noted that this concern was reflected in the references made by the prime minister in Parliament earlier on Friday – that it was an issue of political will and an issue of whether Europe will tolerate not a leftist government but democracy, in the country that was the birthplace of democracy.
The prime minister will continue the contacts he has already made with European leaders and officials over the coming days, the sources added.