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BBC: Many Greeks are in despair. They are against further austerity and yet they fear the unknown, bankruptcy and exclusion from the eurozone.

Gavin Hewitt, BBC Europe editor, 13 February 2012:

Late on Sunday night the parliament voted to support the new spending cuts. It was a vote that revealed just how divided Greece is - 43 deputies rebelled.

Even some of the politicians who urged a vote in favour of the new measures do not believe in them.

The politician leading in the polls, Antonis Samaras, believes that austerity is locking the country into a cycle of decline. He wants a spring election.  

Europe's leaders want his signature on a piece of paper pledging that he will continue with the spending cuts if he becomes prime minister.

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