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Greek PM's charm offensive over cutbacks

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Greek PM's charm offensive over cutbacks


Greece’s prime minister will try to ease concerns over austerity measures with a major economic speech tonight.

But few people seemed willing to listen when George Papandreou arrived in Thessaloniki.

All eyes will be on the prime minister to see if he signals any relaxation of measures to appease a restive public.

Truck drivers began the first of five rallies by different industry sectors, sparking fears of a new season of protests as the government’s budgetary cuts are starting to be felt on the streets.

Truckers are up in arms over government plan’s to deregulate their profession.

A six day strike cut off vital petrol supplies and created shortages around the country in July and they’ve threatened fresh action next week.

But Papandreou will be hoping tonight’s speech will jump start growth and help pull Greece out of its deep recession.

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