Athens – Bolstered by its third bailout programme and positive reports from the European Union, Greece is planning an imminent test of the bond market, local media said this weekend.

Greece is eyeing “the current positive trend” in the market, where liquidity levels are high and there is a taste for risk-taking, the conservative Kathimerini newspaper said.

Avgi, the newspaper of the ruling Syriza party, said that Athens would “probably” test the waters as early as Monday, “even though nothing can be taken for granted.”

Whether Athens will take the plunge as soon as that is unclear but the Greek government seems eager.

© AFP LOUISA GOULIAMAKI Greece has seen many demonstrations over the austerity demanded by international creditors under its huge bailout programme

© AFP LOUISA GOULIAMAKI – Greece has seen many demonstrations over the austerity demanded by international creditors under its huge bailout programme