Date
19 January 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel is not expected to address lawmakers in Wednesday's vote. Sixty of her conservative allies have broken ranks with her government over the Greek bailout. Photo: Reuters
Chancellor Angela Merkel is not expected to address lawmakers in Wednesday's vote. Sixty of her conservative allies have broken ranks with her government over the Greek bailout. Photo: Reuters

German lawmakers seen backing Greek bailout amid Merkel revolt

Germany is expected to approve a third bailout for Greece amid a brewing party revolt against Chancellor Angela Merkel for her stance on the deal.

Lawmakers are expected to vote overwhelmingly in favor of a new lifeline for Athens on Wednesday.

But Reuters is reporting that a significant minority of Merkel’s conservatives may vote against the 86 billion euro (US$94.84 billion) bailout, sending the government a warning that the latest package is its last chance to keep debt-ridden Greece in the 19-country eurozone.

In a non-binding vote Tuesday, a clear majority voted in favor of the bailout but 60 of the 311 conservative lawmakers voted “no” or abstained.

That was fewer than a rebellion by as many as 120 MPs that had been feared.

The vote on Wednesday in parliament will follow a debate but Merkel is not expected to address the lawmakers.

She will leave her highly respected finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, to speak for her government.

Last month, he argued that Athens should consider a “timeout” from the eurozone before later telling parliament that talks on the third bailout were a “last attempt” to solve the crisis.

Schaeuble threw his weight behind the package before Wednesday’s vote and said Athens is ready to reform. 

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