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Greek strikes hit health care, universities
Greek strikes hit health care, universities as austerity talks on hold
Associated Press
2013-12-05 03:01 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- State health care doctors in Greece have extended a strike through Dec. 13, while the country's largest university remains closed after negotiations with the government over job cuts failed.

Doctors employed by the country's largest public health insurer began strikes last month -- leading to longer waiting times for medical appointments -- in protest at cost-cutting reforms demanded by Greece's international bailout lenders.

Athens University has been closed since the start of the fall semester. The latest government attempt to break the deadlock failed on Wednesday.

Greece is struggling to finalize a new austerity agreement with lenders needed to receive continued rescue loan payments.

In Brussels, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he did not believe the talks were at an impasse.

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