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Greece anger at EU simmers in protests

Greece anger at EU simmers in protests
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On the streets of Athens there was anger brimming during protests against the EU. Members of the main civil servants union were among those who marched on the European Commission representation office.

One official said the demonstration was to show how they were uniting their voices with European workers against the policies of the European Union that condemns workers to poverty and unemployment.

The march took place as law makers prepared for a third vote in less than a week on action demanded by the country’s foreign creditors. A new round of cuts to state pensions that exceeded 1,300 euros a month were passed early on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos met with European Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of the two day meeting. The president said Greece had made, “real progress in the last couple of weeks.”

In Athens firefighters added their voice to the protests. As they did so Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers told the German newspaper, Die Welt the EU should do more to help Greece make better use of infrastructure funds from Brussels and to improve its competitiveness.