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Countdown on to Greek vote

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:37

Preparations are underway in Greece ahead of Sunday's referendum. As Europe wait for the outcome of the crucial vote, patience is wearing thin in Germany, the country's biggest creditor. Ciara Lee reports.

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Ballot papers are prepared ahead of Greece's Sunday referendum. Having had only one week's notice of the vote, one official said it had been a challenge to get ready in time. Also making last minute moves was Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. In a televised address to the nation on the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday's referendum, he renewed his appeal to Greeks to vote against the bailout package. Tsipras said IMF analysis showing Greece's debt as unsustainable justifies a decision to reject an aid package from creditors. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER ALEXIS TSIPRAS SAYING: " Basically, the creator of the bailout is coming now to confirm our theory that the proposal that was given to us does not lead to a viable exit from the crisis." Europe waits with baited breath for the results of Greece's referendum after lengthy debt wrangling with creditors. And in Germany, the country's biggest daily newspaper was conducting a poll of its own. The popular Bild newspaper invited Germans to vote on whether they should keep paying to keep Athens afloat. Regardless of the outcome at the weekend, Greece is expected to face a new period of uncertainty and political turmoil. And European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker maintained a tough stance. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, SAYING: "Even in the case of a 'yes' vote, we'll have to face difficult negotiations. In the case of a 'No' vote, the Greek position will be dramatically weakened." Polls put the yes vote a fraction ahead of the no's. But regardless of the outcome, relations between Athens and the rest of the Europe are more tense than ever - making the future of the euro project even more uncertain.

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Countdown on to Greek vote

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:37