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Polls open in crunch Greece vote

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:13

Greeks begin voting the terms of an international aid plan in a referendum likely to decide if the country leaves the Euro. Paul Chapman reports.

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There was no mad rush as this polling station in Athens opened its doors on Sunday but what Greece is voting on is a stark choice. They have to decide whether to accept higher taxes and lower pensions for an international bailout deal - or the risk of national economic collapse. Early voters appeared to be in favour of the bailout but opinion polls on Friday suggested the referendum outcome would be close. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) SOFIA, VOTER, SAYING: "I want things in Greece to improve. I'm voting yes." (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) GEORGE, VOTER, SAYING: "I believe 'yes' should prevail. There's no other salvation. I hope things will improve, the situation now is dramatic." The Greek finance minister said on the eve of the vote that European creditors would immediately have to grant Athens better terms if they reject the bailout. EU ministers and officials have warned that his pledge is a cruel illusion. If the vote is in favour of the deal both the finance minister and prime minister are expected to resign.

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Polls open in crunch Greece vote

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:13