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Greece debt crisis: Lawmakers approve eurozone deal

  • Greece’s parliament has backed the economic measures needed for the €86 billion bailout offered by the eurozone to come into effect. Tax hikes and a rise in retirement age are part of the legislation that was passed, with 229 MPs voting Yes and 64 voting No. Six legislators abstained.

    Meanwhile, protesters rallying against austerity clashed with police near the parliament in capital Athens. Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, said he was urging MPs to vote for the deal — though he did not believe in it — to avoid the road to economic disaster. 

     

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