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Wednesday 15th February 2012 14:09
Some of the eurozone countries no longer want Greece in the bloc, Greece's finance minister Evangelos Venizelos has claimed.
The accusation comes as Greece scrambled to put together an austerity plan demanded by eurozone bosses and the IMF in return for another bailout.
The minister claims the states "are playing with fire". "There are many in the eurozone who don't want us anymore," he told BBC.
The statement came as the plan that could result in an agreement was being finalised.
Mr Venizelos said Greece would have a clear austerity plan ready before the conference call meeting with euro bosses within hours.
The Greek Parliament approved an austerity plan on Sunday, but EU bosses indicated that a more detailed plan on which cuts were being made was needed.
The EU is also demanding that all the major Greek political parties sign an agreement whereby they all agree to follow through the changes, regardless which party is in power.
Greece recently announced that a general election will take place in April. Leaders of the two main Greek political parties have signed letters committing them to follow through with the changes in the plan.
Greece is hoping to get a 130 billion euro bailout package from the EU and IMF.