According to sources, Samaras’s letter does not demand specific changes to the bailout terms but notes that certain “adjustments” are necessary due to a worsening recession and high unemployment. The premier, whom Papoulias is filling in for at the summit after Samaras was told to stay home and rest following eye surgery, will be in regular contact with the president over the course of the summit. Samaras spoke by telephone Wednesday with his Italian counterpart Mario Monti, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and French President Francois Hollande. Sources said that Samaras sought to reassure his peers that Greece will meet its commitments to creditors while also trying to sound them out for a possible revision of the terms of the debt deal. The approach was unlikely to have pleased German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who repeated Wednesday that “Greece is well aware of its commitments from the rescue program.”
Earlier Wednesday the new finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, met with Papoulias to discuss political developments and preparations for the summit. Stournaras, who has yet to be sworn into his new role, was to remain in Athens to prepare for a visit by troika officials. Outgoing Finance Minister Giorgos Zannias traveled to Brussels with Papoulias.