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Protesters warn Greece's government over pensions as sources claim EU deal is close

Protesters warn Greece's government over pensions as sources claim EU deal is close
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By Catherine Hardy with Reuters
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Communist Party supporters occupy the Greek finance ministry to warn the government not touch pension funds in a bid to pay back its EU/IMF lenders.

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Communist Party supporters have occupied the finance ministry in Greece, warning the government not touch pension funds in a bid to pay back its EU/IMF lenders.

Greece’s creditors want Athens to commit to a deal of cash-for-reforms. If Greece were to accept the plan, 10.9 billion euros in unused bank bailout funds will be unlocked.

In Brussels, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras remains unruffled. Sources claim a deal is close to being agreed. The Athens Stock Exchange went up five percent on the news.

It comes after deadlocked talks with Germany’s Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande broke up last night, with both saying efforts to resolve the crisis must be intensified.

Tsipras is scheduled to have a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker later today.

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