The are important dates one has to keep in mind: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet with Euro zone officials and powerful EU leaders to discuss the option of extension to meet fiscal targets.
22. Aug 2012: Euro group head Jean Claude Juncker will visit Athens.
24. Aug 2012: Samaras will visit Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
25. Aug 2012: Samaras will visit Paris for a meeting with French President Francois Hollande.
Nothing much is expected to be achieved as the Troika will conclude its report of the Greek progress in September. Nevertheless, Samaras will take the chance and officially discuss his proposal.
PS Hopefully, Juncker will not have as an exquisite taste as European Commission President J. M. Barroso. He and his aides, security guards, secretaries and so on enjoyed a superb dinner while in Athens in July. The most expensive fish one could buy in the Greek capital with side dishes, starters, dessert and wines. It is us, Greek taxpayers, who pay for such dinners.
Maybe Mrs Juncker can give Jean Claude a bag full several taper ware from the nearest Greek deli in Luxembourg. When in Greece, one does not have to eat fresh fish…
Am I too populist? lol