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06 December 2015

BBC: Greek parliament approves austere 2016 budget

Greece's parliament has narrowly approved the 2016 budget that includes sharp spending cuts and some tax increases amid economic recession.

"This budget is a difficult task for a government that wants to leave its mark with social justice," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told lawmakers.

He agreed to a batch of economic reforms in August to secure a euro zone bailout of up to €86bn ($93bn; £62bn).

His leftist-led government has been under pressure to deliver tangible benefits to its poorest citizens since the agreement.

The budget makes €5.7bn in public spending cuts including €1.8bn from pensions and €500m from defence. It also includes tax increases of just over €2bn.

Despite the cuts, the budget will still have a greater deficit than the 2015 budget.

Full article on BBC

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