ATHENS, Greece—Several government ministers in Greece are pushing for an acceleration of economic reforms and accusing unnamed colleagues of foot-dragging.
The demands come as the country braces for a difficult vote in Parliament over new austerity measures, as well as escalating strikes by workers angry with the proposals.
Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos and Transport Minister Yiannis Ragoussis put out the statement Sunday urging faster reforms.
In his own statement, deputy premier and finance minister Evangelos Venizelos endorsed their views.
All four have ambitions to lead the ruling socialist party of Prime Minister George Papandreou. Papandreou was quoted in a newspaper Sunday as saying he is doing his utmost to keep Greece from defaulting on its debts.