German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, stands between lawmakers after she casts her vote on a bailout package for Greece, in the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Germany's parliament approved a third bailout for Greece Wednesday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble argued the country should get "a new start," while in Athens the government agonized over whether to call a snap election.The Bundestag's vote cleared one of the final obstacles to Greece getting funding so that it can make a 3.2 billion euro debt repayment to the European Central Bank Thursday.Popular misgivings about more aid for Athens run deep in Germany, the eurozone country which has already contributed most to Greece's two previous bailouts since 2010 .If the third bailout is completed, Greece will have taken 320 billion euros in loans from the eurozone and International Monetary Fund, although it has paid back some of it, including interest.On Friday, support for the government from within its own coalition parties fell below 120 votes, the minimum needed to survive a confidence vote if some others abstain in the 300 seat parliament.
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