Protesters Try to Block Troika’s Return



Scores of protesters occupied Greece’s finance ministry and other ministries to disrupt a visit by officials from the country’s international lenders, who are expected to arrive in Athens midday to assess Greece’s eligibility to receive its next tranche of badly needed aid.
A police source said the ministries were held by 50-member staff groups.
The visit by officials from the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank—commonly known as the troika—comes amid a wave of protests and as Greece’s government weighs fresh austerity measures to secure more loans. Greece’s cabinet on Thursday was due to discuss cuts in civil-service wages, among other things, to narrow the budget gap.
“The troika is coming today around midday and we expect to hold the first face-to-face meetings later this evening, but the exact time hasn’t been decided yet,” said a finance ministry official. “In the meantime, the cabinet meeting may go on until late.”
(source: Dow Jones)