There are still some thorns that prevent agreement, say EU sources

European sources on Thursday said that progress has been recorded in the deliberations between the Greek government and the institutions, noting that there are still, however, some “thorns” that do not allow the reaching of an agreement that will pave the way for a Staff Level Agreement.

According to information from Brussels the danger of new hurdles ahead of the 7 April Eurogroup meeting has not been eliminated yet, because the IMF’s demands for the liberalisation of mass layoffs and lockouts are still “on the table” in the negotiations.

On the other hand, the Greek government has spearheaded labour issues and a rejection of the IMF’s positions and it is very difficult to step back on issues of principle, such as collective bargaining, mass layoffs and lockouts.