German parliament overwhelmingly approves Greek bailout

German parliament overwhelmingly approves Greek bailout
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) talks with German MP Gregor Gysi of the Left Party (Linke) (R) during a vote on a third bailout for debt-mired Greece at German lower house of parliament (the Bundestag) in Berlin on August 19, 2015.
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BERLIN - The German parliament voted by an overwhelming majority Wednesday to back a third bailout for Greece worth 86 billion euros ($95 billion) over three years.

Interrupting their holidays for the second time this summer to cast ballots on a Greek rescue, lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house voted 454 to 113 for the rescue plan with 18 abstentions.

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