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EU leaders set to give Greece 'take it or leave it' offer

European leaders racing to prevent their week-old debt crisis strategy from unravelling convene emergency talks today to tell Greece there is no alternative to the budget cuts imposed in the bailout plan.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, his hold on power weakening, was summoned to Cannes on the eve of a Group of 20 summit where he will hear from French President Nicolas Sarkozy that the ?only way to resolve Greek debt problems? is through a deal hammered out last week in a six-day crisis-management marathon.

Papandreou triggered the latest upheaval in the two-year- long crisis by abruptly announcing on Oct. 31 a parliamentary confidence vote and his desire to hold a referendum on the rescue pact. Global stocks, the euro and bonds of debt-strapped countries tumbled yesterday as concern of a disorderly Greek default mounted.

?Uncertainty and fear is palpable,? Marc Chandler, chief currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman

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