Greece Parliament to vote on austerity measures (15)

Athens, Greece (CNN) — The parliament in Greece is expected to vote Sunday on austerity measures demanded in return for a new eurozone bailout of the debt-stricken country.

In a speech Saturday evening, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos urged the Cabinet to approve the deal, warning of “social explosion, chaos” if it fails.

“The state will not be able to pay salaries and pensions or import basic goods” such as medicine and fuel, he warned, adding that “unemployment, which is currently unacceptably high, would increase even higher.”

Ultimately, Papademos said, if parliament rejects the deal, Greece — already in the midst of a prolonged recession — would be “bankrupted and out of the eurozone.”

Parliamentary approval would pave the way for the eurozone finance ministers to sign off on the new €130 billion ($172.6 billion) bailout deal.


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Afternoon Updates:

12:27 pm EST, February 12th, 2012 — Is Portugal Next?

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12:32 pm EST, February 12th, 2012 — Protesters battle Greek police as parliament decides

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12:55 pm EST, February 12th, 2012 — I fear for a social explosion: Greeks can’t take any more punishment

1:03 pm EST, February 12th, 2012 — Why Greece and Portugal ought to go bankrupt

1:15 pm EST, February 12th, 2012 — Portugal unions slam IMF, EU’s ‘poverty agenda’

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  • CRB

    If they had compared their lifestyles to those of the other members of their ‘union’ they would have understood how unsustainable those lifestyles actually had become. They had been living in LaLa Land. And it was only a matter of time until their supporters drew a line in the sand. Wayyyyy to late unfortunately because they now threaten the entire EU.

  • Jack
    • Cy

      It’s easy to throw rocks at the “lazy” Greeks, but if you’ve been working for many years with the expectation of receiving $X to live off for the rest of your life and suddenly you’re told it’s no longer there, what’s your reaction going to be? Would the police on this board be happy if their pensions were revoked for the sake of “austerity”?

      The real villains here are probably dead and they’re the politicians that told Greeks x decades ago that they could throw small pebbles in the lake to build a dam. This is the risk of all pensions (many of which were evaporated in the USA during the housing crisis) face and it becomes even worse when the government has access to those pension funds for … “borrowing” a dollar here and there.

  • CRB

    The only solution for Greece is to go bankrupt! Only when they understand that the cupboard is bare, that they cannot go over to the neighbors place for a cup of whatever, that their retirement must, MUST be delayed will they understand how deep their problems really are.

    There is nothing left, except a message for the rest of the world that the financial mess demands a cure.