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Greece aims to finish bailout talks, get approval this week

The discussions, which started late-July, have by all accounts made progress, though officials from the European Union were less optimistic than their counterparts in Athens about the likelihood of a deal being concluded this week. Germany, for one, has stressed the importance of being thorough in the complicated negotiations.

Greece's stock market to reopen as bailout talks progress

The exchange has been closed since June 29, when the government imposed capital controls to prevent a banking collapse.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos signed the order Friday that also includes restrictions for Greece-based traders for an unspecified time period. A 60 euro limit on cash machines withdrawal will remain in place.

VIDEO: Thousands attend pro-government rally

Most of the demonstrators were convinced the majority of Greeks will vote in favour of Greece staying in the eurozone in Sunday's referendum, which would then give the country more negotiating power in its talks with lenders.

Athens residents did not seem concerned the country's bailout expires at the end of the month, prior to referendum.

New Democracy lawmakers were not worried about Greece's fiscal future either.