October 9, 2012
Protestors holding banners protest outside the Greek Parliament in Athens Oct. 8, 2012 during an union anti-austerity rally a day before the visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The authorities are keen to prevent embarrassing riots. More than 7,000 police will be on security duty in the capital from early Tuesday, while public gatherings will be banned in much of the city center and on a 100-meter radius from the route her motorcade will follow.
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Greece and its international lenders need to agree quickly on a program of reforms so the next tranche of bailout loans can be released, the head of the group finance ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro said Monday.