Heather Stewart and Helena Smith
The Guardian
April 12, 2013

Cypriot politicians have reacted with fury to news that the crisis-hit country will be forced to find an extra €6bn (£5bn) to contribute to its own bailout, much of which is expected to come from savers at its struggling banks.

A leaked draft of the updated rescue plan, which emerged late on Wednesday night, revealed that the total bill for the bailout has risen to €23bn, from an original estimate of €17bn, less than a month after the deal was agreed – and the entire extra cost will be imposed on Nicosia.

Visiting Athens, the Cypriot parliament’s president, Yannakis Omirou, said the tiny island nation had been “served poison” by its EU partners.

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