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Greece pleads for Europe to adopt growth policies

The prime minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras (left), with Italian Premier Enrico Letta, said Monday that austerity policies are hurting his country’s efforts to reduce debt.
The prime minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras (left), with Italian Premier Enrico Letta, said Monday that austerity policies are hurting his country’s efforts to reduce debt.ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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ATHENS — Greece’s prime minister on Monday urged European leaders to shift economic policies toward generating growth, as the country’s bailout monitors complained it was making ‘‘slow progress’’ on key long-term reforms.

Antonis Samaras warned Greece’s recession was hurting the government’s efforts to reduce debt. It was ‘‘worsening problems that we must solve and complicating reforms which we must complete,’’ he said.

But Samaras, who held talks in Athens with Italian Premier Enrico Letta, said a Greek recovery would not be possible unless the group of 17 European Union countries that use the euro emerges from recession.

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