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Greece won a second massive financial bailout in the early hours of today when its partners in the 17-country eurozone finally stitched together a 130 billion euro rescue, meant to avoid a potentially disastrous default and secure the euro currency's future.

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Greeks feel angry and resentful but also resigned as they wait for the rescue package that will determine their future to be agreed in Brussels. Their sense of resignation comes from the knowledge that Greece's influence on the final shape of the bailout is limited. Street protests have died away for now because they are seen as ineffectual, and trade unionists and newly impoverished middle-class protesters have been frightened by the violence and burnings accompanying the latest big demonstrations. People are also influenced by the government's insistence that Greece has no alternative but to agree to the eurozone's harsh terms.

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Countries encouraged profligate spending on arms that Athens could not afford, say critics

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