Published November 30, 2012
BERLIN – German lawmakers approved by a large majority on Friday a package of measures aimed at cutting Greece's debt load to 124 percent by 2020.
The vote was seen as a key test of Chancellor Angela Merkel's authority over her center-right coalition ahead of federal elections next September.
The main opposition parties, the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens, backed the bailout along with the bulk of Merkel's conservative-liberal bloc. Of 584 deputies present in the chamber, 473 voted for the bailout, 100 voted against an 11 abstained.
(Writing by Gareth Jones, editing by Stephen Brown)