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Scepticism in Greece after latest EU deal

Scepticism in Greece after latest EU deal
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The latest European deal has been greeted with deep scepticism by many in debt-choked Greece.

Fearing more painful belt-tightening, they doubt this is a quick fix to a crisis that has mired their country in its worst recession for four decades.

“It is a dark and shady deal,” said retired colonel Tasos Skarlatos, 54, in Athens. “Everything here gets worse by the day. God help us.”

“As long as these 300 politicians are in parliament, things won’t improve,” said Athens resident Spiros Karalis, 57. “They are the ones that got us into this situation, so it is unlikely they will save us.”

Fellow Athens-dweller Eleni Mantika went even further, saying the premier and his finance minister should be hanged, for selling off the country “down to the last island.”

In Greece’s parliament, the opposition has been scathing. The leader of the main conservative party, New Democracy, said control over policy is being passed to the EU and the IMF.