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Referendum “No” Vote Leaves Greece’s Future in Doubt

Greeks throw doubt on their future in the euro by overwhelmingly voting “no” in a referendum.

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The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, April 19, 2009 (John, Melanie Kotsopoulos)
  • 61 percent of Greeks voted down the latest bailout offer from their creditors in a referendum, even though that offer has already been withdrawn.
  • European leaders were dismayed. German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said negotiations for another bailout were “barely conceivable” now.
  • Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras disputed that what he called a “brave” vote amounted to a rejection of the euro. “Our message is not a message of breaking with Europe but for negotiations for a viable agreement,” he said.
  • Antonis Samaras, the former prime minister and leader of the opposition New Democracy party, resigned.