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Merkel rejects Greek government's bid for further debt relief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out the possibility of offering Greece more debt relief on Saturday and stated that she doesn't see "a further debt haircut" in the debt-ridden country's future.

The decision came as a blow to the new Greek government as they had promised voters that they would put anti-austerity measures in place and demand neighbouring countries to write off part of its 320 billion euro ($360 billion) debt.

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Greek government will look firm while seeking compromise

The Greek government will be trying to state some firm positions, while behind the scenes some shadow boxing and looking for areas of compromise will be the order of the day.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Athens:

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