ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Parliament has narrowly approved a new batch of austerity measures, including thousands of public-sector job cuts and transfers, demanded by the country's creditors to keep vital bailout loans flowing.
Lawmakers backed the cutbacks in an article-by-article vote Thursday, despite initial dissent by a handful of governing lawmakers.
It was the first major test for conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras since a left-wing party abandoned his coalition government last month.
Some 3,000 people protested peacefully outside Parliament in central Athens ahead of the vote, chanting anti-austerity slogans.
The crucial vote came hours before a visit to Athens by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, planned amid security measures that Greece's left-wing main opposition party denounced as "fascist and undemocratic."
The measures include a ban of all demonstrations in the city center.