News / Europe

Greek Leaders Push For Cuts Amid Backlash

Protesters carry a banner which reads in Greek '' uprising '' during a protest in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, February 11, 2012.
Protesters carry a banner which reads in Greek '' uprising '' during a protest in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, February 11, 2012.

Greek leaders are issuing new pleas - and warnings - ahead of a crucial vote that will determine whether Europe comes to the rescue with another bailout loan.

Socialist Pasok party leader George Papandreou and New Democracy Party leader Antonis Samaras Saturday urged lawmakers to back the latest round of budget cuts, saying there is no other viable choice.

Papandreou warned any failure to pass the austerity measures would lead to the country's doom.

"We are talking about chaos, my dear colleagues," said Papandreou.  "We are talking about the most dangerous and most painful consequences for the country and specifically for those that don't have any money - for the unemployed , for the middle- and lower- income classes.''

Samaras warned his party's members campaign-style politicking will not be tolerated.

"I know that very well around you there are some ambitious politicians who are trying to impress with anti-bailout agreement rhetoric. Whoever does this should know that with this irresponsible attempt to act like they are more Catholic than the Pope, they won't succeed in even being candidates [in the next election],'' Samaras said.

The Greek Cabinet approved a draft of the austerity bill late Friday and the full parliament is expected to vote Sunday.  European Union members have demanded the additional cuts in exchange for a new $172 billion bailout loan.

Greece must pay back $19 billion in debts next month. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told his Cabinet Friday that Greece will descend into "a disastrous adventure" if it is unable to repay its creditors.

Despite the dire warnings, thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets, at times clashing with police, to protests the budget cuts.  

Several thousand gathered outside the parliament building Saturday, calling on lawmakers to reject the EU's demands.

Protesters also turned out in the thousands in the Greek city of Thessaloniki.  Transportation ground to halt in Athens and around the country, as workers continued their strike for a second day.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy

As the digital world becomes more mobile, so too do concerns about eroding privacy and increased hacking More

'Desert Dancer' Chronicles Iranian Underground Dance Troupe

Film by Richard Raymond is based on true story of Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends More

Audio Top 5 Songs for Week Ending May 23

This week's lineup can be summed up like this: 'It's The Same Old Song' - but they're great songs - featuring Walk The Moon, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmakingi
X
Bernard Shusman
May 24, 2015 2:55 PM
According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.
Video

Video Effort Underway to Limit Damage from California Oil Spill

Cleanup crews are working around the clock to remove oil from the waters off the coastal city of Santa Barbara, in California. About 380,000 liters of oil may have leaked out before a rupture in an onshore, underground pipeline was discovered Tuesday. The environmental disaster hit the popular West Coast resort area before the Memorial Day weekend. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports investigators have yet to determine what caused the incident.

VOA Blogs