Greek Rescue Hits New Barrier

Greece accuses eurozone nations of ‘playing with fire.’

Greece said that Europe’s wealthier countries are “playing with fire” by toying with the idea of expelling it from the 17-nation euro area as talks over a second aid program ran into new obstacles.

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos leveled the accusation after a decision slated for tonight on an aid package worth 130 billion euros ($171 billion) was postponed until Feb. 20 at the earliest.

Greek Cuts

Greece’s caretaker Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, yesterday met Europe’s demand for 325 million euros in savings by making cuts to defense, public investment and local authorities, two government officials said.

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