Greece's deputy labor minister announced his resignation on Monday, citing the country's unwillingness to press harder in renegotiating the terms of Greece's bailout agreements. Nikos Nikolopoulos is now the third minister to resign from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's cabinet since the June elections.
Nikolopoulos, who was widely considered Samaras's close ally, will be replaced by US-trained economist Nikos Panagiotopoulos. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou questioned the timing of the resignation, saying, "There is no logical explanation. Mr. Nikolopoulos had no time to argue with his minister."