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Greek parliament backs Tsipras in euro talks

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in parliament
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in parliament Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has won a massive parliamentary majority for proposals he submitted to the EU in order to secure more funding. The proposals include 23 per cent VAT in restaurants, scrapping special tax breaks for tourist islands, a 100-million-euro cut in military spending and cuts in pensions aimed at bringing up to 0.5 per cent savings to GDP. The document is now to be approved by Brussels. The proposals came days after Tsipras' Syriza party won a 61 per cent victory in a referendum that said "No" to earlier proposals by the EU. In this Special Spotlight on Greece, we look at how ordinary Greeks experienced that historic referendum.

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