Europe

Greek views on latest bailout plan

Protesters gather outside Greece's parliament, 10 February
Image caption Protesters gather outside parliament

Eurozone finance ministers have made a series of demands for Greece to get a 130bn euro ($170bn; £110bn) bailout.

The ministers said the Greek parliament would have to approve the terms of a package of cuts and reforms agreed with EU and the International Monetary Fund.

Greek unions have called a 48-hour strike against budget cuts. Here people living in Greece share their thoughts on the latest bailout news.

Dionisis Daradanis, Athens

Greece is under in an unfair, ruthless, painful economic war against young people, women and elders. All these measures, new and old, condemn these types of people.

I feel tired and inconsolable because I know that my future is mortgaged for the next 40 years.

Those gentlemen with the well ironed collars of Troika, in perfect cooperation with Greek leaders decided for me that I will never have the right to health, education and life in general just not to lose banks profits.

I'm only 23. We've seen many strikes before. But now it's different.

The Eurozone and the troika (the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank) have to know that there is more than one option.

When people have nothing to lose, then they realise how powerful they are.

I'm not scared of any bailout as long as people understand that they steal our sweat. I'm not a communist, I'm not a capitalist. I just want to live my life decently.

If some people have a different opinion I have to be against them. Seriously, who can live with 400 euros (£335) per month?

Penny Marinou, in Athens

Image caption "I do not think the 48 hour strike will make a difference"

The people of Greece need to be saved from the politicians.

Politicians have reduced salaries and pensions and increased taxes.

It is not true that Greeks are lazy. According to official figures the average annual hours actually worked, per worker, in Greece is one of the highest in the world.

But food prices are higher than in other EU countries and a large part of the Greek population receives food rations via the Church, which is contributed to by people who are not that rich.

Meanwhile, politicians have increased the subsidies paid to political parties, they are only interested in the political cost of the measures and the debt is growing.

However, I will not be taking part in the latest strike. I don't believe in them. I do not think the 48 hour strike will make a difference, because it contributes to the recession and cannot solve anything.

Strikes deteriorate the image of Greece and are very bad for tourism, which is one of our most important and promising sectors of the economy.

It also makes it difficult to get to work, people have to use private transport and it costs more, so is bad for low budgets.

Ilias, Larissa

Image caption "It is important we make our thoughts known and voices heard"

I own a small family business. I sell insulation material for buildings and the situation is getting worse every year, one can count the new buildings raised every year in Larissa - a city of 200,000 people - using only his fingers.

My wife is on unemployment allowance but only until June after that she'll receive nothing.

I fear that the new measures will hit the market even harder it's not only that people don't have money but even those with money are not spending it in fear of things to come.

My wife and I are seriously thinking about emigrating.

There's no democracy in my country. We have an appointed banker as an unelected PM, his approval rating is as low as 10%, there are thousands of people (including me) on the streets every couple of weeks and still no talk of elections.

I will not be going on strike today as I am self employed and it makes no sense, likewise for my unemployed wife.

The strikes are mainly taking place in Athens today but there will be a march taking place on Sunday here in Larissa. My family and friends will be taking part in the march to show our solidarity. It is important we make our thoughts known and voices heard.

Alison Foster, Athens

I will probably have to down size my living arrangements. I am worried about my pension as well as my general way of life.

Today I will have to walk to work - I work in the British Council as a teacher - lessons continue as normal.

I am taking a gas mask to work in case of tear gas in the centre as I work right next to the parliament building.

We are told we should be grateful for our jobs - I find that a cheek as we are all prepared to work here and it is a minority of people in Greece who shirk. Most work extremely hard.

Are we to be reduced to a nation of beggars?

This is the first time ever I have considered going on strike.

Last year I had no sympathy with the demonstrators but now I understand this is the only way that people have a voice. Things are very desperate here.

The only thing from stopping me demonstrating during the latest strikes is my work. I have a responsibility to the children I teach and their parents. If we all went on strike maybe it would be different, but if it was just me what would happen to my classes?

Other comments

So the next round of unrest and strikes start. The number of homeless keeps rising, and I have many friends who only have one breadwinner in the household trying to feed their partner, kids, and parents. Everybody is angry and unhappy with the government's actions but nobody has any suggestions about what they should be doing to fix things. Rosie Hooton, Athens

Staffing in the public sector, like hospitals, marine and ground police, and government office in our area are all over staffed, mainly due to antiquated systems. Lawyers and the like still demand cash payments, no receipts are ever given. You are not going to change this attitude overnight. Ray Luxford, Leros

People want jobs not criticism. Why was it acceptable to lend and allow some to get extremely rich from these proud hard working people. The living costs are very high, the average income is being reduced and the infrastructure is crumbling. Why doesn't the EU buy from member states instead of outside the block? Susan Benekou, Athens

What a shame - such a beautiful country being brought to its knees by greed and successive government's weak and poor policies. The Greeks should face up to reality and swallow the hard pill that they need to to put things right. It will be a long and painful medicine. Strikes and disorder and the destroying of their cities will achieve nothing. They should show some metal, reality and self-respect. Philip Hill, Lipsi