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Democratic Left ‘not in agreement’ with troika talks

Greece’s junior coalition partner Democratic Left on Tuesday issued a statement saying that it is «not in agreement» with the conclusion of negotiations between the New Democracy-led government and inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank — known as the troika.

The statement was issued in response to an announcement from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s office earlier in the day that negotiations with the troika over an austerity package worth 13.5 billion euros were concluded successfully.

«Democratic Left has fought for labor relations with specific arguments in order to protect already weakened labor rights,» the statement said. «We are not in agreement with the conclusion of the negotiations.»

Democratic Left has staunchly objected to proposed changes to labor laws and the abolition of social benefits for families.