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Greek lawmakers pass 'tough' austerity-extending budget

The 2016 budget sees zero economic growth in 2015 and 0.7% contraction next year; PM Tsipras describes it as "difficult exercise"

"Behind the (budget's) numbers, anybody can see the agonising effort to support the working classes," says Mr Tsipras.


GREEK lawmakers approved a "tough" 2016 budget early on Sunday, forecasting near zero growth for 2015 and a small contraction next year for the debt-ridden country in its sixth year of austerity.

The coalition government, which enjoys a narrow majority, managed to push the