NEWS

Coalition partners to meet Wednesday on troika talks

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left are to meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday to finalize the government’s stance on a range of issues — including a planned overhaul of the civil service and possible changes to the way that a controversial property tax is levied — ahead of the anticipated arrival of troika mission chiefs in Athens on Thursday.

The pending issues must be broached if Greece is to secure the next tranche of rescue loans, a sum of 2.8 billion euros.

The finances of the country’s beleaguered social insurance companies and the thorny issue of state debts are also on the agenda of talks.