Another day another demonstration - Thousands took part in a general strike when the Greek government closed the national broadcaster ERT (photo:dpa)

Greek tensions rising as more economic austerity expected

Questions remain over whether the fragile Greek coalition will survive as it implements its austerity programme to pay off the country’s huge debt. The government has a tiny majority and is meeting with increased opposition as it develops its privatisation programme selling Greece’s public companies. And it is promising more austerity.

<i>The political crisis in Greece is expected to reach a climax in the coming months. Unemployment rose to 27.9 per cent in June 2013, the privatisation process is being challenged ruthlessly by the opposition and 70 per cent of the voters - according to a recent poll - are against the austerity programmes agreed by successive Greek governments a...

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 Costas Iordanidis
The IMF insists that a haircut is needed to secure the sustainability of Greek debt. But this option is squarely rejected by Germany, which does not want to take the losses a haircut would impose
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