Greek court says cuts to pension bonuses can stand

The Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, on Friday ruled that the abolition in 2013 of the Christmas and summer bonuses awarded to pensioners before the crisis was constitutional and cannot be challenged.

The court said that the measure was in line with need to cut public spending and that it contributed to the reduction of Greece’s fiscal deficit.

The judges also ruled that the measure was not in violation of European Union social security regulations.

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