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Greek debate over EU stability pact

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Protesters in front of the Greek parliament have accused Bussels of putting the interests of banks and businesses above those of ordinary workers.

They say reforms in the name of the EU Stability and Growth Pact should not be accepted.

And opinion is divided on receiving aid from other EU states.

One man said: “Everyone should help each other. That’s why we’re a union, otherwise we’d be isolated – Greece, France, Italy. As we’re all together, we should help each other.”

Another man said: “We created this crisis, we should carry the burden alone. I believe Europe should support us politically and ethically, but less so economically.”

The Greek government maintains it does have the support of the public for its austerity plan. But union leaders are promising to keep up the pressure with a series of strikes.