Budget passed but troika accord still some way off for Greece

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Austerity

Greece’s coalition completed one of its key tasks for December by obtaining Parliament’s approval for the 2014 budget early on Sunday but was also given an acute reminder of the challenges that still remain as the European Commission confirmed there was no chance of the troika’s Greek program review concluding this month.

As expected, the government relied on the support of its own MPs and no other lawmakers to pass the budget. No Democratic Left (DIMAR) or independent lawmakers approved the plan for 2014. Out of the 12 independents, including Theodora Tzakri who was rec...

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