Sunday, May 22, 2016

Greeks vote on higher taxes – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (r.) speaks during the parliamentary debate with his finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos ,

The Greek Parliament approved a few days before an important meeting of euro zone finance ministers but more austerity and reform from. It is about 1.8 billion euros, the majority of which are taxes on many everyday products and services.

fact that it was the right ruling party Syriza realized the course, claim the creditor and the party vehemently before her election victory yet fought, was this Sunday again subject during a heated debate in the plenary. What Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised half years ago before his election and what now anstehe, was simply not match, criticized the opposition.

Much Hohn had fallen Syriza MPs leave, who stressed the tough austerity measures only to agree “weeping heart.” The little man’s party tell their customers, it said.

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The package is part of of Greece’s agreement with its international creditors to save 5.4 billion euros. On May 8th, therefore, Parliament already pension cuts and income tax increases in the amount of EUR 3.6 billion were approved. Now numerous taxes and fees to be introduced or increased

So should rise from 23 to 24 per cent VAT on many foods and beverages. Gasoline, diesel and heating oil are equally expensive as electricity, pay TV, Internet, mobile phone, cigarettes and alcohol. Even gums cost more in the future. The tourists are asked to pay by an overnight package for hotels and higher admission fees for museums.

In addition, the establishment of a new privatization fund, which are under the control of creditors of the country and to sell state-owned companies. Here, the government is faced with the accusation to operate the sellout of the country.

However, was particularly controversial in the ongoing parliamentary debate planned debt brake that engages automatically if Greece fails to meet its savings targets. In this case, government spending would querbeet slashed. The opposition described the measure as unconstitutional.

The government of Prime Minister Tsipras has in Parliament, with its 300 seats, only a small majority of three deputies. Again and again has been speculation that the government coalition will break. However, it looks now look as stood the deputies behind the chosen course.

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