ATHENS Jan 11 Greece's budget deficit
widened last year as an austerity-fuelled recession cancelled
out much of the extra revenues the government was hoping to
raise through emergency taxes, data showed on Thursday.
The central government budget gap widened 0.8 percent
year-on-year to 21.64 billion euros ($27.45 billion) last year,
according to figures from the finance ministry.
The data refers to the state budget deficit, which excludes
local authorities and social security spending. They do not
coincide with the general government shortfall, the benchmark
for the EU's assessment of Greece's economic policy programme.