Brussels is considering scrapping the troika that supervises Greek reforms to allow Athens to pursue its own plan to bolster the economy in return for a drip-feed of debt relief, European officials say.
The discussion, still in its early stages, will gather pace as Greece and its euro zone backers chart a new course for the country with its second European bailout program due to end later in 2014.
Dismantling the troika, a trio made up of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund and likened by some in Greece to the German Nazi occupation, would likely be central to the new plan for Athens.
After Ireland and Portugal exited bailouts earlier this year, the EU/IMF inspectorate is now only active with Greece and Cyprus and many experts have expected Athens to require further help.
Switching to a ‘reform-for-debt-relief’ scheme with lighter supervision could sooth public frustration and help bolster the coalition government at the expense of far-left opponent Syriza, which has promised to tear up Greece’s international bailout agreement and is leading in the polls.
National elections could come as early as next year and a Syriza-led government would present a headache for the euro zone.