Greece’s new government has won a confidence vote in parliament, though it knows the hard job is yet to come.
Latest figures show the budget deficit continued to widen in October amid austerity measures, and despite emergency tax measures aimed at boosting state coffers.
The conservative opposition leader had earlier refused to sign a written pledge demanded by the European Commission to do what is needed to meet the conditions of an EU bailout.
But Antonis Samaras did end up giving his vote of confidence to unblock the next instalment of aid that Greece needs to avert bankruptcy.
He also reiterated his call for early elections in February, saying they were necessary to ensure social stability.