Violent clashes and fires in Athens
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Europe welcomes planned Greek austerity measures

EU leaders have welcomed the Greek parliament's decision to approve further austerity measures as part of its efforts to receive a 130bn euro bailout package.

Economics commissioner Olli Rehn urged Greek officials to "take ownership" and fully implement the reforms, demanded by the EU in return for a huge bailout.

But the proposals have prompted massive protests throughout Greece, with buildings in Athens being set oon fire and police having to use tear gas to disperse angry demonstrators.

Gavin Hewitt reports from Athens.

  • 13 Feb 2012
  • From the section Europe
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