The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Man with a plan: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at the Greek parliament today to address lawmakers ahead of a vote on whether to support his reform proposals, already submitted to EU leaders.

    Greek MPs Pass Second Reform Package

    He’s mending fences. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras secured a comfortable majority in a parliamentary vote early today, restructuring banks’ safety nets and speeding up court proceedings, both prerequisites to negotiations for a $93 billion EU bailout. Legislators voted 229-63 in favor, and with only 36 Syriza Party colleagues abstaining or opposing — even former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis got on board — Tsipras seems to have blunted last week’s rebellion. This bodes well for a tough vote next month on tax hikes and early retirement, as well as his prospects for staying in power.

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