officials insisted on extra cuts or revenues in the 2015 budget, according to people present.
uncertainty over whether Samaras's government would survive a presidential vote scheduled for February.
Trying to leverage his dwindling political capital, he (Samaras) brought the presidential vote forward to December, but then lost, triggering elections on January 25th.In essence, Samaras thinking was: Why bother? I will lose the elections if held in late March. I might as well lose in January. You (the troika) can deal with a SYRIZA government ,and see what happens. At least, the bomb will not go off on my watch.