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ATHENS, Greece – Greece will never accept cuts in pensions and wages or extra taxes on necessities such as electricity, a government official says.
The official says representatives of the International Monetary Fund insist on pension and wage savings worth about 1.8 billion euros ($2 billion) and an equal amount of extra revenue from Value Added Tax.
"These measures concern the popular classes and employees," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing talks in Brussels between Greece and its creditors.
He added that Greece will no longer accept measures that undermine growth and has submitted proposals that cover creditors' demands for a primary budget surplus without doing so.
Greece and its creditors resumed talks on a bailout deal in Brussels Saturday.