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Athens bomb alert as IMF visits


Adding to the tension over Greece’s money problems, police had to evacuate the finance ministry in Athens after a bomb threat was received just before a key news conference by the finance minister.

He was due to comment on the latest results of an EU and International Monetary Fund inspection visit.

Greece was applauded for its reform efforts, but was warned that there are challenges and difficulties ahead.

Poul Thomsen, the IMF Mission Chief for Greece, said: “The programme will, in the coming months, employ a number of measures to strengthen the expenditure control of these subnational levels and this will clearly be a key challenge facing the government.”

As demonstrations against austerity measures grow, the international officials had good news for the government.

They confirmed that the second part of a 110 billion euro loan is now secured for September.

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