Tsipras springs surprise with handout pledge for pensioners

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: SYRIZA, Tsipras
Photo by Panayiotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayiotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sprung a surprise on Thursday evening, when he announced that the government plans to redistribute this year’s primary surplus overperformance to some of those who have been affected most by the crisis.

In a live televised address, Tsipras said that 617 million euros would be shared among roughly 1.6 million pensioners whose monthly retirement pay is lower than 850 euros. About 750 thousand pensioners will receive 300 euros, 570 thousand will get betwe...

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