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Merkel says pace of Greek reform has accelerated

ATHENS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The pace of reform in Greece hasaccelerated, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesdayduring a visit to Athens marred by clashes between police andprotesters.

"I think that recently the pace of reform has picked upconsiderably," Merkel, on her first visit to Greece since thedebt crisis erupted here in 2009, said after talks with PrimeMinister Antonis Samaras.

(Writing by Matt Robinson)

((matt.robinson@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging:matt.robinson.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: GREEC MERKEL/PACE