Clashes in Athens
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Greek MPs debate controversial austerity plan

The Greek parliament is debating an unpopular austerity bill demanded in return for a 130bn-euro ($170bn; £110bn) bailout to avoid default.

PM Lucas Papademos earlier warned that failure to pass the package would "set the country on a disastrous adventure".

Some MPs from the governing parties are expected to vote against the package.

Outside parliament, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters - a BBC correspondent there said petrol bombs were thrown by angry demonstrators.

Chris Morris reports from Athens.

  • 12 Feb 2012