Greek MPs approved deep cuts in the country's latest round of austerity measures, deemed essential to the country's European Union membership, but riots raged on the streets of Athens as the package passed by just three votes.

Around 80,000 people demonstrated in fury outside the Greek parliament at the €13.5bn cutbacks, as 153 MPs out of the 300-seat parliament voted for the measures, and two of the ruling parties expelled MPs who had voted against the bill.

Riot police used a water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters, who screamed and hurled petrol bombs.

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Protests in Greece over austerity measures, which passed on Thursday night


Those outside told The Independent that public sector wages, already reduced by 40 per cent, will be cut even further, employment rights will be slashed and taxes hiked.

The fury in Greece came as David Cameron he met German chancellor Angela Merkel at Downing Street, promising to fight for a "good deal" for British taxpayers on the European Union budget.

The Prime Minister declined to say whether he was urging her to back the real-terms budget cut that the Commons voted for last week.

But, ahead of their meeting, Cameron said they were "both believers that European countries have to live within their means, as well as the European Union".

"I believe it would be wrong for the European budget to increase at a time when we are having to make difficult decisions not just in Britain but all over the European Union to get our budgets back to balancing.

Speaking through an interpreter, Merkel said European leaders always had to "do something that will stand up to public opinion back home".

But pressed as to whether she would support a budget freeze, she added: "I beg leave to first discuss this with the Prime Minister. What is in my interests is that we use our money effectively."

Ahead of their meeting Cameron admitted he did not have "high hopes" of securing a deal between all 27 member states, meaning he could veto the budget.

Cameron has vowed not to return from the summit with anything less than an inflation-only increase - arguing that though he would prefer a real-terms cut, it was unrealistic to expect to get agreement.

Last week he suffered a humiliating Commons defeat when Tory eurosceptic rebels joined forces with Labour to back a non-binding motion calling for him to enter negotiations with that harder line.

"Their conversation focused on preparations for the EU budget negotiation at the European Council later this month and the options to restrain and reform EU spending," a Number 10 spokesman said.

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    A protester kicks a tear gas carnister away during clashes with riot police after a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb at riot police during a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, . Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb at riot police during a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, . Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb as demonstrators clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester kicks away a tear gas canister during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters stand in front of parliament during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb as demonstrators clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester kicks a tear gas canister during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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