The first meeting in a new round of talks between the Greek government’s economic team and representatives of the institutions to conclude the review of Greece’s programme ended in Athens on Monday. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said that it was “an introductory talk” that set a schedule for the first week of negotiations until next Monday and a road map until the Eurogroup meeting on April 22.\
According to the finance minister, there was no discussion regarding the Wikileaks transcript released at the weekend. Asked if the government was troubled by the fact that the European side appeared to be siding with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Tsakalotos declined to comment.
Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis also attended the meeting at the Hilton Hotel, which was surrounded by protestors taking part in a rally organised by the civil servants’ union federation ADEDY against austerity measures, with slogans demanded that the IMF leave Greece.
There was stringent security around the hotel, with riot police preventing protestors from approaching, while one lane on Vassilisis Sofias Avenue was closed.