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  • Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speak before their meeting at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

    Hopes Greece will remain in eurozone and stressed the government in Athens still had to push through more key cost-cutting reforms.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
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  • ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police have increased security and are preparing to close down large sections of the capital Athens to contain protests against Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is visiting the city Tuesday for talks with the country's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

    Merkel's brief visit comes amid growing unrest in Greece over the planned new cutbacks. Greek authorities, who are struggling to talk bailout creditors into unfreezing a vital loan installment, are determined to prevent riots while Merkel is in town.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 1:00 PM EST
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  • FILE - In this Aug. 24 2012 file picture German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, talks to Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras, during a welcome ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit Greece next week as Athens works to convince its creditors to pay the next installment of its bailout package.

    Greece's main labor unions called for a protest rally outside Parliament against "the neoliberal policies of Mrs. Merkel and the European Union's core leadership."

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 8:30 AM EST
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  • n this Aug. 24 2012 file picture German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, talks to Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras, during a welcome ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit Greece next week as Athens works to convince its creditors to pay the next installment of its bailout package.

    First visit since debt crisis erupted; will meet the country's prime minister, who warned Friday that Athens will run out of money by December.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 8:30 AM EST
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