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    Rome fears spread of 'Athens Syndrome'

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    European finance ministers are discussing a second rescue package for Greece - this one expected to be around $176bn.

    Meanwhile, there are fears that the Greek debt crisis could spread to Italy.

    Policy tensions between Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his finance minister, Giulio Tremonti, are a major factor in the market jitters.

    And a recent dramatic drop in Italian stocks and bonds has got people worried about what Italian media ominously call the "Athens Syndrome".

    Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Brussels.