Papademos in Belgium

BRUSSELS – Greece’s prime minister rushed to Brussels on Sunday, a day before eurozone finance ministers have to decide whether his country will get a $170 billion bailout and avoid a potentially devastating default.

Leaders from Germany, Italy and Greece have said they are optimistic that the deal on a second massive bailout for Athens can be clinched at the meeting after months of delay, but critics have expressed doubts over Greek political leaders’ commitment to austerity and there are still difficult details to be ironed out.

Pressure is on Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to seal the deal and his presence in Brussels could lend more weight to the country’s efforts and promises.


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