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Greece stands firm on budget plan despite protests from lenders

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Greece has gone ahead with plans for a near-balanced budget for 2015, ignoring protests from the Troika of international lenders.

The European Union and the International Monetary Fund say Athens is set to miss its deficit forecast.

The Greek government claims it has no more room for deeper austerity and has adopted an increasingly defiant pose as it haggles with the EU/IMF inspectors on what is expected to be the final review under its 240 billion euro bailout package.