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Britain faces a disruptive second election before Christmas if either of the two main parties try to govern alone as minority governments after Thursday's ballot, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader, warned on Tuesday. Two days before the country's closest election since the 1970s, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are level in most polls with neither on track to win outright.
Greece and its creditors on Tuesday ruled out any bailout deal to avoid bankruptcy at a crunch meeting next week, with Athens blaming divisions between the EU and IMF for blocking an agreement. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis led a troupe of Greek officials on a tour of European capitals in the hope of winning financial breathing space and avoiding a possible exit from the euro. Eurozone ministers meet on Monday in Brussels and there had been high hopes to end the three-month standoff over the new leftist government's refusal to implement reforms and unlock 7.2 billion euros in bailout cash. "Serious divergences and contradictions between the creditors, the European Union and International Monetary Fund, are hindering the negotiations" with Greece, the Greek government said in a statement.