Greece said that Europe's wealthier countries are “playing withfire” by toying with the idea of expelling it from the 17-nationeuro area as talks over a second aid program ran into newobstacles.

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

“We are continually faced with new terms,” Venizelos toldreporters in Athens today. “In the euro area, there are plenty whodon't want us anymore. There are some playing with fire,domestically and abroad. Some are playing with torches and some areplaying with matches. But the risk is equally great.”

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