Greece’s Samaras, Papandreou Said to Commit to Austerity Plan for Bailout

The leaders of Greece’s two biggest political parties, New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras and Pasok’s George Papandreou, will send written commitments tomorrow to the so-called troika to stand by austerity measures, a government official said today.

The assurance to the troika -- the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank -- was a condition of an international bailout. European officials were concerned that without the written pledges, the leaders would retreat from budgets cuts after elections likely in April or May,

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