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Greece's leftist-led government said it would submit a request to the eurozone Thursday to extend a "loan agreement" for up to six months, raising the prospect of a last-minute agreement to keep the heavily indebted country afloat.The move, confirmed by an Athens official, is an attempt by the new leftist-led government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to keep a financial lifeline for an interim period while sidestepping tough austerity conditions in the EU/IMF program.With the current bailout agreement with the eurozone due to expire on Feb. 28, Tsipras said talks were at a crucial stage and his demands for an end to austerity were winning backing.The ECB's Governing Council met in Frankfurt to decide whether to continue and possibly increase emergency lending aid to Greece's banks, plagued by deposit withdrawals.
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