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Protests in Athens. Market madness. It wasn't a good week for the EU.
BOSTON — They were the first fatalities of the unrest gripping Athens — three workers killed Wednesday when protesters set fire to a bank building.
The International Monetary Fund and eurozone countries agreed to lend Greece $147 billion over three years so it can avoid defaulting on its debt. In exchange, Greece approved austerity measures that would reduce pensions and civil servants' pay and raise taxes.
But Greeks aren't happy about the plan and massed in the tens of thousands last week in protest. Here are 10 of the top photos of the debt crisis, from the streets of Athens to German courtrooms to Asian markets.
A statue of ancient philosopher Socrates is seen opposite a Greek flag in Athens, April 23, 2010. (Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters)
A riot policeman falls after being hit with a Molotov cocktail near the Greek parliament in Athens during a nationwide strike in Greece, May 5, 2010. Greece faced a day of violent protests and a nationwide strike by civil servants outraged by the announcement of draconian austeristy measures. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)
Greek riot policemen rest in front of graffiti written on the wall of a bank during violent demonstrations over austerity measures in Athens, May 5, 2010. (Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters)
Riot police guard the Greek parliament in Athens during continued protests over the announcement of draconian austerity measures, May 6, 2010. Normal services returned to Greece Thursday following street violence that claimed three lives on Wednesday. (Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters)
A demonstrator hurls projectiles at riot police near the Greek parliament in Athens during a nationwide strike in Greece, May 5, 2010. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)
Pedestrians are reflected in a screen displaying stock market data in downtown Tokyo, May 7, 2010. Asian stocks were hammered on Friday as mounting fears over Europe's debt crisis sparked a global market rout that sent safe-haven assets soaring and clobbered sterling. (Michael Caronna/Reuters)
A flag flies on the outside of the New York Stock Exchange building in New York, May 6, 2010. During Thursday's sell-off, the Dow Jones industrial average had its worst one-day, intraday point drop in the history of the index, according to Dow Jones Indexes. It was down 998.5 points at its low. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
A man looks at an electronic board at a brokerage house in Shanghai, May 7, 2010. China's key stock index opened down 2 percent at an eight-month low on Friday, taking its cues from weakness in overseas markets battered by worries about the Greek debt crisis and possible fallout for the rest of Europe. (Aly Song/Reuters)
German academic Wilhelm Noelling shows a confirmation receipt of appeal on a constitutional issue in front of the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, May 7, 2010. German academics have filed a challenge to Germany's aid package for Greece and asked that no German loans should flow to the debt-stricken country before a verdict is reached. (Johannes Eisele/Reuters)
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou comes out of his office in Athens, April 29, 2010. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)