Greek par­lia­ment ap­proves more aus­ter­ity in at­tempt to un­lock bailout funds

The Independent - - World - RE­NEE MALTEZOU AND LEFTERIS PAPADIMAS

Greek law­mak­ers ap­proved pen­sion cuts and tax hikes on Thurs­day sought by the coun­try’s lenders to un­lock vi­tal fi­nan­cial aid, as an­gry demon­stra­tors protested out­side par­lia­ment over new aus­ter­ity, the lat­est since the coun­try plunged into cri­sis seven years ago. The left­ist-led gov­ern­ment hopes that leg­is­lat­ing the mea­sures, four days be­fore eu­ro­zone fi­nance min­is­ters meet in Brus­sels, will con­vince its lenders to re­lease a €7.5bn (£6.4bn) bailout tranche and grant it fur­ther debt re­lief.

(Reuters)

Demon­stra­tors hurled petrol bombs and fire­crack­ers in protest of the new mea­sures

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