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Greek PM back in Athens, drumming up support

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras went straight to his Athens office upon returning from the marathon eurozone summit in Brussels and into a meeting with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and other senior party officials.

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 multibillion-euro (dollar) 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.

[AP]