Greece scrambled to stay afloat today by issuing short-term bonds to bridge the funding gap until its creditors decide to release the latest slice of bailout loans.
MPs backed a fresh £10.5 billion assault on workers' rights and living conditions by a narrow margin last week in return for more cash borrowed from the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Union.
However the trio of creditors, the so-called "troika," want more time to pick over the extent to which their privatisation and cuts demands have been executed before they release the next payout.
A meeting on November 26 is expected to give the green light, because not doing so would see Greece exit the eurozone and create a major crisis.
The delay means that Athens needs a short-term cash fix to pay its bills, and so is going to the markets with a four-week bond designed to raise some ready capital.
Greek unions will stage demonstrations again this weekend as MPs vote on a 2013 austerity budget.
Official inflation figures understate the real extent of rising costs, but even the government's own CPI scheme lays bare the ongoing misery for working people and those dependent on benefits.
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