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Papandreou Pleads for Greek Unity Before Vote of Confidence

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou fended off calls for elections from opposition parties in parliament and appealed for support to push through austerity measures to secure additional funding and avert a “catastrophic” default.

“The country is at a critical crossroads,” Papandreou told parliament in Athens today, kicking off a three-day debate on a confidence motion in his new government. “It is in our hands to change the situation and that is our commitment.”