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Thursday 14 December 2017

Video: Driven to the edge - Greek worker puts life at risk over latest cuts

The perceived humiliation of Greece and the hardship brought on by four years of recession have often sparked violent protests in Athens and other Greek cities.

Resentment has grown against Germany and the EU, which are seen as imposing unnecessarily painful cuts.

Yesterday, a woman identified as an engineer in her 30s working for the Workers' Housing Organisation, one of the public bodies to be closed in austerity cuts, stood on a window ledge of the office building and threatened to jump.

"We have a huge problem here," said Harris Gouvropoulos, a workers' representative on the board of the organisation that helps workers on low salaries obtain housing. "They have not understood the extent of the problems they have created by shutting down this organisation."

After more than four hours, negotiators talked the woman off the window ledge.

Politicians in Athens and Brussels have warned about the negative consequences of a default.

"We do not have a choice between a pleasant or unpleasant option -- but a choice that is between either unpleasant or even more unpleasant solutions," Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said.

But there are still doubts as to whether the bailout will work.

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