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Austrian president begins two-day visit to Greece

Austrian President Heinz Fischer begins a two-day visit to Greece on Wednesday, when he is due to meet his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias.

He also has meetings scheduled with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.

In an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency before his visit, Fischer said he found it hard to imagine how Austrians would have reacted if they had to suffer the same kind of austerity measures as Greeks.