Greek coalition divided on emergency tax

Greek coalition divided on emergency tax, hours ahead of new debt inspection

Associated Press
Greece ends tax spat ahead of new inspection
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A man fishes as a ferry is docked during a 24-hour strike held by dock workers unions in the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Seamen’s Union called the strike on Wednesday to protest the submission of new legislation in Greece's Parliament which, unionists claim, paves the way for the abolition of collective labor contracts that safeguard wage levels and other benefits. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Party leaders in Greece's coalition government are holding an emergency meeting to try to work out a compromise over an emergency tax — hours before rescue lenders are due to resume a debt inspection in Athens.

Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was in talks late Wednesday with two coalition partners who disagree with plans to extend a highly unpopular property tax levied on household electricity bills that was due to expire this year.

Greece's struggling economy has been relying on international bailout loans to stay afloat.

Debt inspectors from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are due in Athens on Thursday to review the progress of budget-cutting measures required for future bailout installments.

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