SYRIZA to start mulling position on possible deal

SYRIZA’s political secretariat is due to meet on Friday as the party begins deliberating the concessions set to be made by the Greek government to its lenders.

The meeting will take place amid increasing calls from SYRIZA MPs and members for any deal to be put to a referendum.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may take part in Friday’s gathering, giving him a chance to get a taste of the mood within his party. It is not yet clear if a central committee meeting will be held over the weekend or if Tsipras will wait for further progress to be made in the talks before the party body convenes.

Labor rights are the most sensitive issue for SYRIZA members and it is not yet clear if the government has had to water down its plans to reintroduce collective wage bargaining. However, party members are becoming aware that the government will have to backpedal on many of the promises it made before the election, particularly in the Thessaloniki Program unveiled last September.

However, there is a strong feeling within the party that there should be a referendum on the final agreement between Greece and the institutions. Speaking at an event in Athens on Wednesday night, State Minister Alekos Flambouraris said the government would “not hesitate” to hold a referendum if the talks do not conclude satisfactorily.

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