Greece

Parliament passes austerity bill


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The Greek parliament has passed an austerity bill which meets the demands of the Eurozone finance ministers and the troika who will allow the country to have the money needed to prevent a default next month.

The bill was passed with 199 of the 300 deputies voting in favour, with 74 against. Around 43 deputies of Pasok and New Democracy voted against the bill and were immediately expelled by their respective parties.

The bill which includes a cut to the minimum wage of 22% was passed as rioting and looting took place around Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete and Corfu. One observer described Athens as being on fire and tourists were terrified by the rioting on otherwise normally peaceful tourist sites.

Now that the bill has been passed, both New Democracy and a smaller party LAOS have called for an immediate general election.

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