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Italians and Greeks react to EU treaty

Friday, December 09, 2011 - 01:09

Dec.09 - Greeks and Italians react to new Treaty plan for the euro zone, with many saying France and Germany are looking after their own interests. Hayley Platt reports

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EU leaders may be a step closer to halting the debt crisis and saving the euro but many Italians are still worried Their government recently agreed a 30 billion euro austerity package to cut the country's mountain of debt. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, HOLDING HER HANDS IN PRAYER, MARINA D'AMBROSIO SAYING: "I am so worried about things. I hope they can agree because the alternative will be devastating." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) BUSINESSMAN RAFFAELE FLORIO SAYING: "Merkel seems to be much stronger than everyone else when it comes to decision making. If we can't reach an agreement with everyone I think the collapse of the euro is a real concern." In Greece - which has already received a bailout - many feared it was too late for them. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) GEORGE GIKAS SAYING: "The Europeans look after their own interests, any decisions they make at the moment I won't be in favour of weaker countries like ours." (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) NIKOS CHOURTIS SAYING: "The Germans and the French only care about themselves, not the Greeks. The Greeks must look after themselves." Most Greeks want to remain in the euro but many analysts believe the country could still default. Hayley Platt, Reuters.

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Italians and Greeks react to EU treaty

Friday, December 09, 2011 - 01:09