Greece Survives Confidence Vote

    Greek protesters gather at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, during a peaceful ongoing rally against plans for new austerity measures, Tuesday, June 21 , 2011.

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    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has survived a critical confidence vote Tuesday that could allow him to push through measures to obtain a much-needed bailout. The EU and the IMF are requiring Greece to impose more austerity measures in exchange for the bailout, which would keep it from defaulting on its debts and sending European banks—and the world market—into chaos. But Greek opposition parties rejected the austerity package, forcing Papandreou to call for a confidence vote. If the leader had lost the vote, Greece could have gone into default.

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