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Juncker says he receives death threats from Greeks

The head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers said late on Monday that people from Greece have been sending him letters containing threats to his life.

?What can you say about the Greeks?? Jean-Claude Juncker, who is prime minister of Luxembourg, told a key committee at the European Parliament sitting in the French city of Strasbourg late on Monday. ?That is a good question. I myself often ask this question, as I have been receiving many letters from Greece, many of which contain threats,? said Juncker, who has played a key role in the bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal over the past year.

Juncker, who urged for greater political consensus between Greece’s mainstream parties in order to push the necessary structural reforms, responded to the burgeoning criticism against the IMF-mandated measures in the debt-ridden country.

?The more privatizations are made, the less the sacrifices that will be demanded of Greece’s less prosperous people,? he said.

Speaking at a banking conference in Athens on Tuesday, the IMF’s senior resident representative for Greece, Bob Traa, warned against the Socialist government’s faltering reform campaign, saying that the crisis-hit nation is at a ?critical point.?