Spain's far-left urges Italy to back Athens

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Spain's far-left party Podemos, an ally of Greece's ruling Syriza, on Monday urged France and Italy's social democratic governments to back Athens as it bids to negotiate a new debt deal.

"From the beginning, both (Italian Prime Minister) Matteo Renzi and (French President) Francois Hollande showed a different attitude, a more positive attitude towards the Greek government," Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias told a news conference.

"I think they could give more firm steps" in Greece's direction, he added.

There are sectors within the Italian and French Socialists who are favourable to this, Iglesias said.

"We think that this turn on the part of European socialists is necessary and we extend our hand to them. We are waiting for them in the field of the defence of social rights and democracy," he added.

Iglesias, a 36-year-old political science professor, on Sunday hailed results from Greece's referendum showing voters decisively rejecting creditors' bailout terms as a victory for democracy.

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The vote raises immediate worries about a cash crunch in Greece and the debt-wracked country's ability to stay in the eurozone.

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