The backlash has begun for Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras.

After a marathon and heated last-minute meeting PM Tsipras has agreed to a deal with EU creditors. But it is a deal he will have trouble selling to the people of Greece.

The raft of reforms signed by the Greek delegation is, in many ways, harsher than those rejected by the country at the recent referendum. Plus the bailout sum of 86 billion euros ($96 billion) will add decades more of debt repayments to the already struggling economy.

Talks reached boiling point overnight. The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, reportedly prevented the Greek Prime Minister and German, Chancellor Angela Merkel, from walking out at around 6am on Monday morning.

Talks had reached an apparent impasse and the leaders of both countries had heard enough. As they collected their papers Mr Tusk laid down the law, “Sorry, but there is no way you are leaving this room.”

PM Tsipras now has to push a divisive debt repayment scheme, worth $50 billion euros ($55 billion) through the Greek parliament. The great fear amongst Greeks is that this will include selling off national assets. As one man on the street put it, “We avoided an exit from the Eurozone. But I warn you, if they take the Acropolis from us, it’s war.”

More pain will be felt through harsher pension, market, and privatisation reforms beginning this week.

Greece has until Wednesday to approve the measures as a show of good faith. They will then be scrutinised by the International Monetary Fund for compliance as the laws take effect.

Mr Tsipras said the deal was good for Greece. He just has to sell this to the nation.

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