Greece’s parliament approved a raft of fresh taxes that the country must legislate to unlock further rescue loans, as the country’s most influential creditors—Germany and the International Monetary Fund—remain deadlocked over debt relief, reports WSJ.
The measures were backed by the 153 lawmakers from the ruling Syriza party and its junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks, securing the majority in the 300-seat parliament late Sunday.
The measures voted on Sunday included new taxes on fuel, tobacco, alcohol, Internet, pay television, hotel stays, cars, changes in property tax, as well as a rise in the basic value-added tax rate, applied to most goods and services, to 24% from 23%.
Greece should really just default on its debt and screw the banksters. The original loans were bankster to crony government loans and have nothing to do with the average person in Greece. The average citizen shouldn't be squeezed and forced to pay. This is really outrageous. The Greek people can't even relax at home to escape the banbankster-caused misery. As they "relax," their alcohol, cigarettes, intenet, and television are taxed.