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153 MPs approve Greece’s Budget 2018 with new austerity measures

Greece’s parliament on Tuesday approved the 2018 state budget, which includes further austerity measures beyond the official end of the country’s third international bailout next summer. All 153 lawmakers from the left-led governing coalition backed the budget measures in a late vote, while the 144 opposition lawmakers present rejected them. …

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Council of State rules wealth and assets declarations “invalid”

Greece’s supreme administrative court, the Council of State, ruled the content of wealth and assets declarations as invalid. The CoS practically dismissed the relevant Joint Ministerial Decision signed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos, saying it was invalid for all classes of individuals required to …

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Is Juncker trying to establish an EU “deep state”?

With Brexit bickering on hold at this week’s EU summit as leaders prepare for a second phase of talks, the drama will be provided instead by national capitals’ efforts to rein in what some see as a brazen attempt at overreach by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. European leaders worry …

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