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Athens: A German parliamentary vote on the controversial third Greek bailout on Wednesday has been overshadowed by an expected rebellion in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right party.

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The Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian CSU allies were divided over the $95 billion bailout, BBC reported.

Some lawmakers suspected that part of the Greek debt would be written off a “haircut”, which could hit EU taxpayers.

They also want an assurance that the IMF would contribute to the bailout.

The rebellion in the Bundestag (lower house) on Wednesday could rise to 100 lawmakers, German commentators said, a third of the total in Merkel’s bloc. That could weaken her authority nationally.

But a majority was still expected to pass the Greek bailout, as the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens want it to go ahead.

(IANS)

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Merkel, Macron and May decide to defend EU’s interests

The three leaders also agreed that the US should remain in the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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in a bid to inform Merkel's and Macron's respective meetings with US President Donald Trump in Washington this week, German federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.
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Leaders of Germany, France and Britain have agreed that the US should not take trade measures against the European Union and that the EU should be prepared to defend its interests.

in a bid to inform Merkel's and Macron's respective meetings with US President Donald Trump in Washington this week, German federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron made a phone call on Saturday and Merkel called British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, in a bid to inform Merkel’s and Macron’s respective meetings with US President Donald Trump in Washington this week, German federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.

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The three leaders also agreed that the US should remain in the nuclear agreement with Iran.

At the same time, they reaffirmed their willingness to engage in a broader framework of additional agreements with all parties on the duration of nuclear restraints and other issues, in particular Iran’s ballistic missile program and its regional role, Seibert said.

They agreed to continue intensive cooperation on these issues. (IANS)

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