Deputy PM in more fruit­less talks with an­gry farm­ers

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An­other round of talks yes­ter­day be­tween the gov­ern­ment and protest­ing farm­ers failed to yield any tan­gi­ble re­sults.

A 17-mem­ber group of farm­ers met with a team of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials led by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Yian­nis Dra­gasakis but the two sides were not able to move closer to­gether on a range of is­sues that have sparked a se­ries of road blocks by the agri­cul­tur­al­ists in cen­tral and north­ern Greece.

Tax and so­cial se­cu­rity is­sues are they key points of dif­fer­ence and proved too com­pli­cated to solve in an­other meet­ing that the gov­ern­ment had with a dif­fer­ent set of farm­ers a few days ago.

While the meet­ing in Athens was tak­ing place, farm­ers blocked the Her­sos high­way junc­tion, which leads to the Doirani bor­der cross­ing in north­ern Greece. The Ev­zones bor­der post on the fron­tier with the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) has been closed for sev­eral days due to farm­ers block­ing the road.

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