The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) says that 17.9 percent of Greeks can’t afford to buy enough food and are in poverty.
With a deal agreed with international lenders after seven months of negotiations over reforms, Greece wants quick release of a long-delayed 9 billion euros installment in critical cash.
Greece and its international lenders have reportedly reached a deal on reforms that could speed release of a nine billion euros ($12.5 billion) installment.
Greece didn’t conclude talks with international lenders in time for an agreement before a March 17 meeting of Eurozone finance chiefs.
Tolls from four major highways on which construction stopped for two years during a crushing economic crisis brought in 1.25 billion euros for Greece.
The Greek government is setting up an electronic system to monitor the phone calls of all workers and ministers, including the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has pushed for an agreement with international lenders over a series of contentious issues and wants it completed by March 17.
Greece is raising the prospect of debt relief with international lenders as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a primary surplus of 1.5 billion euros.
Official figures show the unemployment rate in Greece increased to 27.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 as the economy struggled to emerge from a protracted recession.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, defying the country’s international lenders, said he will keep his promise to return most of a coming primary surplus to austerity victims.