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Inspecting the inspectors: European lawmakers in Greece to check up on troika

A cyclists passes a mural named 'System of Fraud' in an inner city area of Athens, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The painting by the Greek street artist known as iNO features the face of ancient Greek lawmaker Solon. iNO is one of Greece's best known street artists, with work in public areas in Berlin and Miami. Greek artists have made use of disused warehouse and building facades to display their artwork, often related to the country's acute financial crisis. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)The Associated Press

Government and opposition party officials are meeting with a European Parliament delegation visiting Athens to investigate whether international bailout enforcers caused unnecessary hardship among Greeks.

The seven-member delegation led by a conservative Austrian lawmaker, Othmar Karas, met with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and left-wing opposition leader Alexis Tsipras.

Bailout inspectors from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund — known as the troika — have supervised harsh austerity measures that have reined in chronic government overspending but have also pushed the unemployment rate past 27 percent.

The visiting delegation is due to report on their findings in April.