Greek government wins confidence vote; PM vows to end bailout deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a vote of confidence in parliament late Tuesday night with the backing of 162 lawmakers from a total of 300.

“We are not negotiating the bailout; it was cancelled by its own failure (…) there is no return,” Tsipras told MPs just hours before a crucial Eurogroup meeting in Brussels discusses the future of Greece’s relations with its creditors. That meeting will be followed by an EU leaders’ summit on Thursday.

Tsipras emphasised that Greece would not request a bailout extension despite pressure from German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble who, according to Tsipras, is proposing irrational things, asking for a perpetuation of the mistake.

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(Photo: Hellenic Parliament/Aliki Eleftheriou)