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Greece hit by general strike against austerity

Greek Austerity Protest

Tens of thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday as unions staged a general strike to protest government spending cuts and tax hikes, which some predict will push unemployment to an alarming 30 percent. Police said up to 40,000 people were participating in two separate marches in central Athens that were so far peaceful.


Protesters break into gov't building in Athens

Protesters from a Communist-back labor union forced their way into a government building and clashed with police who used tear gas to expel them.


Exclusive: Euro zone discussed capital controls if Greek exits euro: sources

European finance officials have discussed limiting the size of withdrawals from ATM machines, imposing border checks and introducing euro zone capital controls as a worst-case scenario should Athens decide to leave the euro.


Some say Greek debt deal will make things worse

Latest austerity cuts approved as 100,000 take to the streets in protest; 93 buildings damaged in Athens.


Greek debt cut won't solve problem: ECB's Weidmann

Cutting Greece's debt will not solve the country's problems, ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann was quoted as saying on Sunday, adding Athens needed to raise its productivity instead.


Greece backs austerity despite violent protests

Greece backs austerity despite violent protests

Greece's lawmakers approved a key austerity bill Wednesday needed to avert default next month, despite a second day of rioting on the streets of Athens that left dozens of police and protesters injured.


Protesters, riot police clash in Athens ahead of austerity vote

Protesters, riot police clash in Athens ahead of austerity vote

Riot police fired tear gas at youths hurling rocks and petrol bombs near the Greek finance ministry Tuesday, trying to quell the anger unleashed during mass protests and a general strike as parliament debated new cost-cutting measures.


Rescue Measures for Greece Advance as French Offer to Ease Debt

Under the plan, French banks would give Athens more time to pay back loans as they come due over the next three years.


Police intercept parcel bomb sent to French leader

Police intercept parcel bomb sent to French leader

Greek police said they had intercepted a booby-trapped parcel addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after another package exploded at a courier company in Athens injuring a member of staff.


20,000 Greeks march on parliament

Protesters marched through Athens Thursday, the first since three people died when a bank was torched.


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