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The Greek parliament passed a second austerity bill yesterday, opening the way for the European Union and International Monetary Fund to release a €12bn (£11bn) loan which Athens needs to avoid bankruptcy.

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As school children in Athens, every year we practised an alarming custom. At the end of the school year, we gathered our textbooks into a pile and burnt them in an act of rebellion against the rigidity of the educational system. Today, there is a parallel to that self-destructive behaviour in the blame-game unfolding on Constitution Square as Greeks curse their democratically elected politicians for "lulling" them into two decades of easy credit, soft corruption, tax evasion and overspending.

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Athens was rocked by a day of street battles yesterday on the eve of a critical vote on austerity measures demanded of Greece if the country is to avoid a potential disaster.

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Riot police fired tear gas at youths hurling rocks in Athens today, trying to quell their anger as parliament debated new cost-cutting measures.

Can Greece find a way out of the 'dead end'?

When Daniel Howden was last in Greece seven years ago, optimism was everywhere. He returned this week to find a country beset by violence and gloom.

Greek league chief linked to corruption scandal

Greece's top football league official and chairman of champion Olympiakos was named by judicial authorities Friday as a suspect in a major bribery scandal that has shaken the sport in the country.

Greece buys time as government survives confidence vote

The Greek government survived a critical confidence vote last night winning a temporary reprieve for the heavily indebted country which is fighting to avoid a default and chaotic exit from the eurozone.

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