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Feb 11, 2015
Feb 11, 2015

Greek PM easily wins confidence vote, EU showdown looms

ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras comfortably won a confidence vote on his plan to cancel a deeply unpopular bailout program and challenge European leaders as both sides prepare for a showdown at meetings in Brussels this week.

In a rousing speech to parliament, Tsipras hailed the decisive role “little Greece” was playing in reshaping Europe and promised Athens would not cave in to demands it extend its international bailout “no matter how much” German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble asked for it.

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EU’s Juncker steps up contacts with Greece, scant progress so far

ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stepped up contacts with Greece’s new leftist leader on Tuesday to try to bridge differences on the country’s debt crisis but EU officials cautioned against expecting any breakthrough this week.

Ahead of crunch meetings of euro zone finance ministers on Wednesday and EU leaders on Thursday, Juncker telephoned Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to seek a formula for extending euro zone assistance to Athens after its international bailout expires at the end of this month.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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