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City budget cut due to crisis

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said Friday that municipal spending on Christmas festivities this year will be kept under 200,000 euros, a tenth of the amount spent on fireworks, decorations and events three years ago.

The focus of the festivities this year will be on central Syntagma, Klafthmonos and Kotzia squares with some 700 musicians and performers to be paid the symbolic fee of 100 euros, Kaminis told Skai.

In 2008, a year before the extent of Greece?s debt problems became known, City Hall spent 2 million euros on Christmas festivities.