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More clashes in Athens ahead of crucial meeting

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More clashes in Athens ahead of crucial meeting


An anti-austerity protest in Athens turned violent on Sunday night on the eve of a crucial meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. They will decide whether or not to approve a second rescue package for Greece worth 130 billion euros.

Demonstrators clashed with police but the trouble was not as serious as the disturbances a week ago when several buildings were set alight during a protest involving tens of thousands of people.

Late on Saturday the Greek cabinet approved a further 325 million euros worth of cuts demanded by the EU as a condition of the second bailout.

The two main political parties have between them been able to force the measures through, but latest polls show growing disillusionment with PASOK and New Democracy. The survey shows parties on the Left gaining ground.

One poll showed that while almost three quarters of Greeks would like the country to stay in the single currency only half believed it would manage to do so.

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