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Greece's Papandreou calls for unity as pressure mounts

Greece's Papandreou calls for unity as pressure mounts
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Greece’s George Papandreou has made a plea for both national and European unity to tackle his country’s latest financial crisis.

The embattled Greek premier arrived in Brussels seeking support from senior EU leaders in his efforts to build consensus on a new bailout.

“I do hope that the Greek parliament will be approving the programme which we have in front of us, at the same time we do hope that the EU will also have the similar will, a unity if you like,” the Greek prime minister said.

The President of the EU Council Herman Van Rompuy said:“Given the length, magnitude and the nature of the required reforms in Greece, national consensus is a prerequisite for success.’‘

Speaking from Brussels euronews’ correspondent Paul Hackett said: George Papandreou came here in desperate need of support. Critics say another bailout in exchange for more austerity simply isn’t enough. But it’s not just the Greek premier who finds himself in the dock, serious questions are now being asked about Europe’s economic crisis management.’‘