Greece's Tsipras defiant ahead of bailout meeting with lead lenders

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his government will honor an election promise to end budget austerity, a note of defiance ahead of an expected meeting with the leaders of Germany and France on the country's troubled bailout.

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Tsipras spoke in parliament Wednesday before lawmakers were to vote on an anti-poverty bill, the first piece of legislation from the left-wing government elected on Jan. 25.

Tsipras is expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of an European Union leaders' meeting Thursday.

Greece's talks with the rescue creditors are proceeding slowly amid a clash over how much budget austerity Athens should accept in exchange for more loans.