The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with German soldiers at a dining facility based in Afghanistan.

    German Chancellor Gets ‘Yes’ From Bundestag

    Now there are two reasons to celebrate. Angela Merkel spent her 61st birthday convincing her parliament to approve a third Greek bailout. Forty-eight conservative MPs threatened to defy her, but Merkel got decisive approval, 439-119, in the Bundestag’s lower house. Perhaps even more important, she got her finance minister, Wolfgang Schauble, to stand with her on the deal, despite his public arguments that Greece should make a temporary exit from the euro. Meanwhile, Greece, equipped with emergency funding, plans to reopen its banks on Monday.

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