In a 199 to 74 vote (with 5 voting present and 22 absent) the Greek parliament approved the plan from the EU leadership to enact greater fiscal austerity measures in exchange for nearly $170 billion in emergency funding. For the time being, the tenuous coalition in their parliament is holding, but only after the expulsion of some 45 members (23 from the Socialist Party, 21 from the New Democracy Party and 2 from the Popular Orthodox Rally Party) dismissed largely for breaking rank.
Reactions from the Greek populace are largely negative, some calling the acceptance of the deal “slavery,” and there are confirmed acts of rioting, looting, vandalism, and arson throughout the capital city. Much of the anger and outrage at the new austerity measures appears to be directed towards Germany, whose position throughout the resolution negotiations was for tougher fiscal responsibility rules. But public opinion doesn’t shine favorably upon Greek lawmakers who are quickly being cast as sellouts and traitors to Greece for accepting terms delegated by foreign authorities. Some even question what sort of country will be left for later generations and go so far as to doubt the possibility of a brighter future for Greece.
As one Elina Papafagou said while pointing towards the parliament chamber, “The worst thing though is that we can’t have dreams for the future. They’ve killed our hope.”