Broad support in Parliament for handouts amid mixed signals from polls

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: New Democracy, PASOK, SYRIZA
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

Greek MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of redistributing 1.4 billion euros from this year’s excess primary surplus on Monday night even though voters do not seem convinced that the government’s handout is the best use of the spare cash.

Lawmakers from all the opposition parties apart from Golden Dawn backed the so-called “social dividend,” around half of which will be handed out to low-income households in the form of means-tested benefits. The result is in part a victory for Prime Min...

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