Greek PM faces eurozone deal revolt

ATHENS - Greek MPs are debating tough economic measures they must approve by the end of the day in order for an €86bn eurozone bailout deal to go ahead.

Lawmakers are expected to pass new legislation increasing taxes and raise the retirement age.

Pro-European opposition parties have pledged to vote for the measures.

Hardliners in the ruling left-wing Syriza party are likely to vote against, and the junior coalition party has offered only limited support.

Opponents of the deal took to the streets of Athens ahead of the vote, and unions and trade associations representing civil servants, municipal workers and pharmacy owners held strike action.

More than half of the members of Syriza's central committee have signed a statement condemning the bailout agreement, describing it as a coup against their nation by European leaders.

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