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Greek PM defends controversial 'Plan B' for euro zone exit

© Reuters. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers questions at parliament in Athens

By Renee Maltezou and Angeliki Koutantou

ATHENS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday acknowledged his government had made covert contingency plans in case Greece was forced out of the euro, but rejected accusations he had plotted to take the country back to the drachma.

Tsipras was forced to respond to the issue in parliament after former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis this week revealed efforts to hack into citizens' tax codes to create a parallel payment system, prompting shock and outrage in Greece.

The disclosure heaped new pressure on Tsipras, who is also battling a rebellion within his Syriza party and starting tough talks with the European and...


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