Tsipras to make cuts and privatize in Greece

Tsipras to make cuts and privatize in Greece
The Greek parliament on Friday adopted a reform package with new austerity measures. The proposal was the first major test for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after he won the September elections.

The reform package is part of Greece's third debt deal with the Euro countries and was adopted by 154 against 140 votes.

- There are no new initiatives here. It is difficult measures that we all know about, says Tsipras.

Among the measures, which are now adopted, are cuts in pensions, raising the retirement age, harsher penalties for tax evasion and a liberalization of the energy market.

- We can not accept new crimes inflicted upon the people. They try to destroy the welfare state. Everyone must fight it, says opposition politician Eleni Menegaki, who demonstrated outside the parliament on Friday night, along with several thousand others, including many from the unions.

All six opposition parties voted against the reforms.

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