Tsipras wins domestic support for pension bonus but key struggles lie abroad

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Austerity, New Democracy, Pensions, Reforms, Tsipras
Photo by Andrea Bonetti/Fosphotos
Photo by Andrea Bonetti/Fosphotos

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday boosted by broad support in Greek Parliament for his controversial pledge for a Christmas bonus to 1.6 million pensioners and knowing that he has put main opposition party New Democracy in a tricky position.

In a vote on Thursday evening, 195 MPs approved the amendment allowing 617 million euros to be distributed among pensioners who earn less than 850 euros per month, with the retirees on the lowest incomes receiving the most. PASOK, the Communist Party an...

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