Greek government survives confidence vote but shrinks its own majority

Greece’s conservative-led coalition has survived a bid to topple it after winning a confidence vote in parliament, Euronews reports. The censure motion, which came as the so-called troika of lenders are in town, was brought by he main opposition Syriza party which wants to overturn the government’s austerity policies. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accused the opposition of being “trapped in a dead end”. “The country is moving ahead,” he said, “and it is leaving behind the era of crisis, but you keep on fighting from within your party.”  Outside parliament opposition supporters demonstrated against more austerity measures.

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