These are the 18 key players in Greece’s crisis negotiations

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Greece’s crisis negotiations are rolling on, and the country’s radical new government is currently still at loggerheads with Europe’s most important decision-makers.

Greece wants to renegotiate a more favourable bailout deal from Europe, with less austerity. Europe’s finance ministers want the country’s current bailout to continue. Without a deal, Greece’s international credit runs dry at the end of February.

But who has Greece got fighting in its corner, and who is the new government going up against?

There are a handful of key decision-makers in the process, some of whom are loud and prominent, and some of whom take a background role.

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title=”18.) Lazard Banker Mattieu Pigasse – Pigasse is both a highly regarded financier and a ‘pro-market socialist’ advising the Greek government on its debt negotiations.”
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title=”17 and 16.) Finance ministers Luis de Guindos (Spain) and Michael Noonan (Ireland) – Both countries struggled in the euro crisis and are now taking tough stances on Greece, backing the current bailout.”
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title=”15.) IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde – The IMF holds a large amount of Greek debt, and its stance holds huge sway around the world.”
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title=”14.) Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras – He’s responsible for taking Greek banks’ case to the ECB, especially crucial if they need emergency assistance.”
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title=”13.) Minister of Productive Reconstruction Panagiotis Lafazanis – He’s a leading light of Syriza’s left, and will keep pressure on Tsipras to take a hard line.”
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title=”12.) EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker – the most important single figure in the Commission, which makes up a third of Greece’s international creditor ‘Troika’.”
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title=”11.) European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici – He’s the European Commission’s point man on Greek negotiations, and likely to be more friendly to Athens.”
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title=”9 and 10.) Italy’s Matteo Renzi and Pier Carlo Padoan – Italy’s PM and finance minister have emerged as Greece’s (sceptical) friends in the talks.”
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caption=”Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (L) talks with Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan during a confidence vote at the Senate in Rome February 24, 2014.”
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title=”8.) German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble – He’s the unofficial leader of the finance ministers taking a hardline stance against Greece.”
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title=”7.) Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem – He’s charged with chairing the Eurogroup of finance ministers, who’ll decide on any Greek deal.”
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title=”5 and 6.) France’s Francois Hollande and Michel Sapin – France is likely to try and play peacemaker between Greece and Germany, and may have a hand in drafting a deal.”
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title=”4.) German Chancellor Angela Merkel – Though her finance minister represents Germany in the eurogroup, the final decision on Germany’s stance belongs to Merkel.”
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title=”3.) Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis – Varoufakis is tasked with representing Greece in the negotiations. His successes or failures at bargaining are crucial to the country’s future.”
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title=”2.) Mario Draghi and the ECB – The position the ECB takes on assistance for Greek banks could save or kill Greece’s euro membership.”
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title=”1.) Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras – Tsipras is now Greece’s most important single decision maker. If he and his finance minister disagree, in the end he calls the shots.”
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Here’s a ranking of the European Central Bank’s hawks and doves


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