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Fears for Greek democracy as economic end game nears

Thousands of Greeks who blame Germany for forcing austerity measures on them protested during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Athens on Tuesday.

During her five hour visit Mrs Merkel pledged her country's continuing support to Greece. But the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts the Greek economy will shrink by 6% in 2012 and its debt will reach 171% of GDP by the end of the year.

Further cuts of 13bn euros (£10.5bn; $17bn) will need to be passed by Greece if it is to qualify for more bailout cash and there is increasing concerns about whether democracy in the country will survive.

Newsnight's Paul Mason reports.

  • 11 Oct 2012
  • From the section Europe