Protesters are clashing violently with the police in Athens’ Syntagma square, but the government is gathering more votes.
EUR/USD is moving higher, but is limited by the 1.4450 resistance line.
Update 11:50 GMT: EUR/USD retreats to 1.4420. Greek finance minister takes the stand. The prime minister will probably speak just before the vote.
You can see the action on the streets here:
Austerity set to pass
The government is gaining more support, from the ruling party members as well as opposition. There was talk that the vote could happen earlier than scheduled, but this isn’t the case. The debate is still going on.
You can see the vote in action here. Note that this is the first vote and that the parliament still needs to vote on some implementation laws tomorrow. If the first vote will pass easily, the next vote will turn into a non-event. But if it will be “on a knife’s edge”, the drama will continue.
Why? A “buy the rumor, sell the fact” could occur. Or not. It is just too hard to tell. Forex market reaction to this vote could be too similar to Non-Farm Payrolls reactions. The markets can move in one direction just to turn back afterward.Get the 5 most predictable currency pairs