A round of applause as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enters Parliament, where he rejects an offer from lenders in a fiery speech on Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS
“I just want them to sign whatever there is to sign”- Greek citizen
A round of applause as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enters Parliament, where he rejects an offer from lenders in a fiery speech on Friday.
(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING:
“It is obvious that the Greek government cannot in any way agree to absurd proposals that would negate everything that would be achieved with the end of austerity and low primary surpluses by coming back with harsh measures that would hit low-income pensioners and middle-income families.”
A different reception on the street — where after months of talks, almost half of all Greeks want a deal.
(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) RETIRED NAVAL OFFICER, ANTONIS KOKKINAKIS, AGED 65, SAYING:
“I want for this whole situation to be over as soon as possible because we are all waiting, in suspense, and I just want them to sign whatever there is to sign and to put an end to this situation, where we don’t know what we are doing and where our businesses and our savings are going.”
Not everyone has given up.
(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) ATHENS RESIDENT, DIMITRIS, A PENSIONER, SAYING:
“I am worried because we do not have a deal yet, but I believe the government is working towards a good deal. The matter should have been over by now, but I believe that even now, at this final moment, there will be an agreement.”
Greece must agree to a deal before its bailout expires at the end of June or risk outright default. This would push the euro zone into uncharted waters and open the way for Greece to exit the European single currency zone.