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Greek PM offers olive branch to protesting farmers

February 22
22:12 2016

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday announced a string of measures to support the agricultural sector in a bid to end weeks of roadblocks by farmers angry over tax reforms and a pensions overhaul. Vangelis Papayannopoulos, one of several farmers' representatives who met with Tsipras, said the delegation had "a substantive dialogue with the prime minister" but refused to promise to end the protests that have seen major Greek routes intermittently blocked with tractors for more than a month. "The country's recovery must take your position into account, but you must take into account the budgetary requirements," Tsipras told the farmers' representatives.

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