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Angry EU leaders lash out at Greece, eyeing endgame

Brussels - Suicide, blackmail and lies -- EU leaders have accused Greece of a litany of sins since months of fruitless talks on a debt deal hit the wall, often in surprisingly undiplomatic language.

Greek pro-bailout 'Yes' vote in referendum ahead: Survey

Atenas - The number of Greeks planning to vote 'Yes' in this weekend's referendum in favour of accepting the latest bailout proposals is slightly higher that those opting for 'No', a survey said Friday.

Greek situation 'deteriorating': Dijsselbloem

Den Haag - Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned Thursday that Greece's financial situation is deteriorating, saying a 'No' vote in Sunday's crunch referendum would question whether Athens still had a place within the eurozone.

We can't print drachmas, says Greece's finance minister

Atenas - With speculation swirling that Greece might be forced out of the euro and have to print its own money after a weekend referendum, its finance minister on Thursday said the country no longer had the presses to make drachmas.

Anguished and helpless, Greek diaspora looks to homeland

Berlin - For millions of Greeks worldwide, fond memories of white-washed villages under azure skies have been overshadowed by images of street protests and panicked bank queues -- and fears about the country's European future.

'Grexit' or not, Greece will find kicking euro habit hard

Paris - No matter what the political outcome of the current Greek debt crisis, in practical terms Greece will find it very difficult to turn its back on the euro.

Greece 'No' voters in lead ahead of bailout referendum

Atenas - Almost half of Greeks intend to vote 'No' in a weekend referendum on the terms of its bailout, but capital controls are boosting the 'Yes' camp, a poll showed Wednesday.

Greek pensioners besiege banks to grab cash

Atenas - In chaotic scenes, thousands of elderly Greeks on Wednesday besieged the nation's crisis-hit banks, which reopened to allow them to withdraw vital cash from their state pensions."Let them go to hell!

Merkel says 'Europe's future not at stake' in Greek crisis

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that "the future of Europe is not at stake" from the Greek crisis but warned against striking a compromise at any price that could weaken the EU."Yes, these are turbulent days.

Greece confirms sent 'amended' proposal to creditors

Atenas - The Greek government confirmed Wednesday it had sent an "amended" proposal to its international creditors in the hope of sealing a deal to stave off financial ruin.

Greece asks IMF to push back payment deadline

Atenas - Greece has requested for a key payment to the International Monetary Fund to be postponed from its Tuesday deadline, as the country scrambles to stave off default and a possible messy exit from the eurozone.

Eurozone refuses Greek bailout extension, more talks Wednesday

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers declined to extend Greece's bailout Tuesday hours before its expiry and a possible IMF default but talks will continue Wednesday after Athens asked for a new aid plan, officials said.

Greece seeks last-minute debt deal as default nears

Brussels - Greece asked for a fresh two-year rescue deal with the European Union on Tuesday in a final roll of the dice just hours before its current bailout expires and it misses a critical IMF payment.

From Greferendum to Grexit: A crisis buzzwords glossary

Atenas - First-time students of the Greek debt crisis might fear they have stumbled on an alien language when they see some of the words European leaders use.

British man launches crowdfunding bid to bail out Greece

London - A British shoe-shop employee has raised over 65,000 euros ($72,000) so far through an online crowdfunding project to help Greece meet its International Monetary Fund debt repayment due on Tuesday.

Referendum to make Greece 'better armed' for negotiations, PM says

Atenas - Greece's plebiscite on the latest bailout offer is intended to make the country stronger in the fight for a new deal with its international creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday.

Some 17,000 anti-bailout demonstrators rally in Greece

Atenas - Some 17,000 people took to the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki on Monday to say 'No' in an upcoming referendum on the latest bailout proposals, accusing Greece's international creditors of blackmail."Our lives do not belong to the creditors!

Preparations underway for Greece's pivotal bailout vote

Atenas - The ballot has been drawn up and a 'Vote No' poster designed: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government has lost no time in preparing for the country's hotly-anticipated bailout referendum.

'Black Monday' as bank lockdown spooks Greeks

Atenas - It has been dubbed "Black Monday" -- jittery housewives, shoppers and business owners queued in vain at cash machines in Athens, as the country grappled with capital controls and shuttered banks."I have a baby to feed, what am I supposed to do?

EU's Juncker warns 'No' in Greek referendum will be 'no to Europe'

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker told Greek voters Monday they would be rejecting the European Union if they opposed creditors' reform proposals in Sunday's referendum.

Merkel warns 'if euro fails, Europe fails' as she urges 'compromise'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Monday that amid the Greek crisis Europe needs the ability to compromise, warning if the "euro fails, Europe fails", but insisted the bloc must also stick to its principles.

France says Greek referendum 'sovereign choice' on euro place

Paris - France's president said Monday that Greece's referendum on the EU's bailout proposals was a "sovereign choice" on whether or not to leave the euro zone, as he sought to allay contagion fears.

Crisis-hit — Greece imposes capital controls, bank holiday

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Sunday that the country's crisis-hit banks will be shut on Monday and capital controls imposed to prevent withdrawals, after cash machines ran dry.

Tsipras announces capital controls, banks closed after run on ATMs

Atenas - Greek banks and the Athens stock market will be closed on Monday and capital controls will be imposed, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced, pleading for calm after anxious citizens emptied ATMs in a dramatic escalation of the country's debt crisis....

ECB 'cannot cut off lifeline' to Greece: French PM

France - France's prime minister on Sunday warned the European Central Bank against cutting off Greece's "lifeline", as the Frankfurt-based institution gathers for emergency talks on the Greek crisis."The European Central Bank is independent but ...

'Real risk' of Grexit if Greeks vote 'no' in referendum: French PM

France - There is a "real risk" of Greece leaving the eurozone if the Greek people vote against the EU's bailout proposals in a referendum, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday.

Greece on the brink after Europe refuses bailout

Brussels - Greece hurtled closer to a possible exit from the eurozone after Europe responded to the government's call for a referendum by refusing to extend Athens's desperately needed bailout.

Tsipras, addressing parliament, calls for 'emphatic no' to creditor proposals

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called in a speech to parliament Saturday for an "emphatic no to the ultimatum" issued by the country's creditors in a bailout referendum proposed by his government for July 5.

'Plan B' looms after Greece and Europe fall out

Brussels - With Greece's creditors refusing to extend its bailout, attention has turned swiftly to preventing massive capital flight as worried Greek citizens pull cash from ATMs.

Greeks rush to withdraw cash as MPs debate bailout referendum

Atenas - Greek lawmakers on Saturday debated whether to hold a controversial bailout referendum as fears of a default intensified and worried customers began queueing to withdraw money.
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