Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has flown home after an epic 17-hour crisis meeting with Eurozone leaders to sell the austerity package he has agreed to his own party – who may attempt to block it.
Tsipras must push several unpalatable measures through Parliament in the next two days, including sales tax increases and pension reforms, to guarantee that talks on a third multi-billion euro bailout for Greece can start in earnest. He faces an uphill battle to persuade members of his own Syriza party, as well as his governing coalition partner, to back the deal he made with creditors after months of insisting he would not accept more austerity measures.
Pro-European Greek opposition parties have promised to back the bailout deal negotiated by Prime Minister Tsipras as the only alternative to being expelled from the shared euro currency.
EurActiv reports the main opposition centre-right New Democracy party is satisfied with the deal. New Democracy MP Kyriakos Mitsotakis, tweeted that Greece had a great chance now to become a normal European country, saying:
“We have 3 years to become a normal European country. I hope we have learnt from the mistakes of the past. Let’s make a new beginning!”