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Pro-Europe Greek parties still back Tsipras

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Greece's pro-European opposition parties have indicated they still back left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is likely to need their help to rush a new austerity package through Parliament this week.

Conservative opposition leader Vangelis Meimarakis says "Greece can catch its breath, so that with sobriety and responsibility it can try to find its step in Europe again."

Dissent over the deal Greece made with creditors Monday is threatening Tsipras's coalition government, since it does require tax increases and pension changes. Some leftist lawmakers from his ruling SYRIZA party are calling the agreement the "worst deal possible … (since it) maintains the country's status: a debt colony under a German-run European Union."

[AP]