A wholesale restructure of the Greek economy aimed at saving 11.6 billion euros is underway. But Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is looking for European governments to support his bid to have more time to introduce reforms and savings. His demands for savings include fewer civil servants, reduced pensions and privatising state-owned companies. But these are putting the newly-formed coalition government under real strain as each of the partners fears a public backlash as they break pre-election promises.

GREEK Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is making a last-ditch effort to get more time for Greece to complete its savings packages and reforms.

He made a dramatic appeal to h...

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The biggest strain on the coalition is the Troika’s demand for Greece to cut the number of public servants by 150,000 by 2015. There are 750,000 civil servants and another 250,000 employed in the broader public sector. All three coalition partners promised in their pre-election campaigns that public servants would not be sacked
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