The Greeks are facing the Abyss

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A municipal worker cleaned up broken marble and burned garbage containers after riotous battles between protesters and police in Athens. The Greek parliament was meanwhile debating  on new austerity measures on Wednesday. Both public and private sector unions have scheduled a general strike to coincide with the vote. The measures, including controversial tax hikes, wage reductions and other changes in labor regulations have to be passed if Greece hopes to receive fresh aid for the EU and the IMF.