Germany's parliament has voted by a large majority in favour of supporting a more powerful fund to bail out troubled eurozone economies.
Chancellor Angela Merkel received strong support despite criticism of the plan from some of her ruling coalition, according to the BBC.
Many Germans are against committing more money to prop up struggling eurozone members such as Greece.
There have also been protests in Athens where international inspectors have held talks on further bailout funds.
The measure is expected to pass in Germany's upper house of parliament, where it will be put to a vote today.
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