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The Greek parliament is to vote on further austerity measures demanded by international creditors. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is trying to get his Syriza party in line, but will need support from opposition parties to get the measures approved.
In the dispute over Greece's bailout, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) has said he would resign rather than change his position on the deal. His hardline stance has met with criticism during negotiations.
No political punches were pulled in German parliament as leftists attacked the government over Merkel's Greece policy. But as the vote came, the socialists climbed into bed with the ultra-conservative wing of the CDU.