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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras enters the presidential palace to brief President Karolos Papoulias on the results of his recent European trip, in Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Last week, Samaras travelled to Berlin and Paris for talks on the course of his country's lagging program of economic reform and cutbacks, in exchange for which Greece is receiving billions in international rescue loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras enters the presidential palace to brief President Karolos Papoulias on the results of his recent European trip, in Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Last week, Samaras travelled to Berlin and Paris for talks on the course of his country's lagging program of economic reform and cutbacks, in exchange for which Greece is receiving billions in international rescue loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(AP) Greece's prime minister is conferring with junior coalition partners to finalize new austerity measures that bailout creditors are demanding in exchange for rescue loans.


Antonis Samaras was outlining the proposed cutbacks Wednesday to the heads of the Socialist and Democratic Left parties. Samaras' conservatives formed a coalition with the two smaller pro-bailout parties in June, after two successive inconclusive national elections.


Following weeks of frantic deliberations, the government said Thursday it had worked out how to save some 11.5 billion ($14.4 billion) in 2013 and 2014. The cutbacks are expected to include new reductions in pensions and broader civil service pay cuts.


The measures must be approved by international creditors, who have been giving Athens rescue loans for over two years. Otherwise the loans would stop, forcing Greece into bankruptcy.


Associated Press
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