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Samaras and Venizelos to meet as coalition's to-do list grows

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos are to hold their first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, just over a week before the troika is due to return to Athens and with a growing number of issues troubling their two-party government.

Among the matters to be discussed by the two men are the complaints about a new 25-euro charge for patients who are treated at public hospitals and developing a fiscal plan for 2014 to 2017.

According to reports, the New Democracy and PASOK leaders will also talk about issue relating the European Union presidency, with dozens of foreign officials expected in Athens on Wednesday to see Greece officially assume the six-month role.

The meeting comes amid growing concern within PASOK about Venizelos’s leadership and the party’s role in the coalition.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday Jan 5, 2014 (20:44)  
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