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Greece MPs approve new austerity budget amid protests

Greek lawmakers have approved the 2013 budget involving fresh spending cuts, despite mass public street protests.

The budget was passed by 167 votes to 128. The move was a pre-condition for Athens to be granted a 31.5bn euro (£25bn; $40bn) EU/IMF loan necessary to stave off bankruptcy.

Another austerity package of tax rises and pension cuts was passed last week.

John McManus reports.

  • 12 Nov 2012
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