The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) representative in Greece, Poul Thomsen, cast a chill over Greece on October 16 when he icily demanded the government push through an additional €2bn of cuts in 2014.

Thomsen “is playing the hard man,” remarks Ta Nea, which notes that —

… the extortion of further measures could delay the new cycle of negotiations with the EU-ECB-IMF troika for the release of a further €1bn tranche of aid, which may not begin before early November.