Samaras at Helm of Europe Advised Against Push for Better Deal

James G. Neuger and Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg, 18.12.2013

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Memo to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras: don’t press too hard in public during your European Union presidency for a better bailout deal, say veterans of the EU job.

Samaras has two goals for the first half of 2014 when crisis-scarred Greece takes the position that rotates among the 28 EU nations every six months: win debt relief and, by doing so, keep his shaky government in power. [...]

European Parliament politicking, the depressed economy and unrelenting pressure from creditors for painful economic reforms breed the potential for a “political accident,” said Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and a regular visitor to Greece.

“It’s a politically volatile situation, so Samaras is using every opportunity to showcase that he’s the man who enjoys a certain degree of trust of his European counterparts and has access to the centers of power in Europe,” Emmanouilidis said.

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