The Greek Parliament has passed through its budget for next year of continuing austerity measures, despite mass public protests in the country.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Athens to protest the budget, which was passed by 167 votes to 128. The move was required in order for the country to receive the much-needed 31.5 bn euro bn loan from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras hailed the move and said the country could look forward to the future.

"The second decisive move has been made. From here on in, it is (all about) growth and recovery."

Many in the country are angered by the austerity measures, worried that the tax hikes and pensions cuts will cripple those already struggling to make ends meet.

Greek pensioners expressed her outrage at the situation.

"We are going crazy. We have had it. Our kids are without jobs, we have educated them and they are just sitting around. And we are trying to survive. What can I say? It's terrible."

"All these measures they are pushing us back 50, 60 years, they are cutting our pensions in half, there is a million unemployed, more taxes, in other words our lives are just getting worse and worse."

The aid package to Greece will need to be passed by various parliaments, with Eurozone finance ministers due to discuss the Greece crisis in Brussels today. Mr Samaras has already warned that the country will run out of money within a matter of days if they do not receive the loan.

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner