A homeless man sleeps by a fashion shop in central Athens March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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The Greek parliament overwhelmingly adopted a "humanitarian crisis" bill Wednesday aimed at helping its poorest people, ignoring apparent pressure from the European Union to halt the legislation.This first package of social measures put forward by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' radical left-wing government drew support across the board in parliament, including from the conservative, former ruling New Democracy party.The bill had prompted a request from Declan Costello, a representative on the European Commission team monitoring heavily-indebted Greece, telling the government to stall its vote on what Brussels called "unilateral" measures.Greece said the Commission was already aware of the legislation, which it claimed was mentioned in the February 20 agreement with European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors to extend Greece's 240-billion-euro ($255 billion) bailout.
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