Greece in crisis mode

  • Omonia Square in Athens, Greece, April 2015.
  • Reconstructing Truman’s statue near the Athens Panathenaic Olympic Stadium, the “Kali Marmaro”, April 20, 2015.
  • A bankrupt factory that used to produce metallic wires is seen in Chalkida, Greece, April 2015.
  • Old Statues are strewn in a yard in Athens, March 2015.
  • Greek policeman are seen during a protest in Halkidiki, sparked after the government decided to close one of the city’s mines.
  • A woman is seen at a political rally for the conservative New Democracy party in Piraeus, Jan. 2015.
  • A bankrupt factory that used to produce wires, closed in 2005, in Chalkida in April 2015.
  • Katerina, who lost her job, and her 3-year-old son in their small apartment in Athens.
  • Men in an abandoned area near Athen’s city center.
  • Supporters of the conservative New Democracy party are seen in Piraeus in Jan. 2015 during parliamentary elections won by the leftist Syriza party.
  • Maria, 9, in the hallway of the building she lives in with her parents. Her father doesn’t work so her mother provides for the family by working in a supermarket in Athens. 
  • An old rundown building in Athens, where families in dire economic circumstances live.
  • People wait for the elevator inside an old building in a poor neighborhood near the center of Athens.
  • A man eats a meal at a charity banquet organized by the Greek church in Athens.
  • Xia, 32, a prostitute and drug addict who used to live with her mother is seen here in a hotel.
  • Boys play soccer inside a former factory in Athens.
  • Containers of food are stacked on a table at a charity event organized by a local church in Athens.
  •  A young man holds up a picture of his friend, an Afghani refugee who escaped Greece for Italy, hoping to do the same.
  • Inside a deserted building beyond the center of Athens. Many buildings in this area have been abandoned and occupied by squatters.
  • Inside an old apartment building near the center of Athens.
  • A man sleeps inside a cafe bar in Athens.
  • A littered street behind Omonia Square in Athens, an area where many drug addicts gather. 
  •  Maria, 28, with her two children in a small room provided by the government in Athens. Many people who have become unemployed are assisted by the Greek government, but the conditions are not very good.
  • Police officers take cover behind a wall during a particularly large protest in Athens, 2012.
  • Protestors and police clash in Singama Square, Athens.
  • A man stands behind a door in a deserted building that has become one of the many places into which squatters have moved in.

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Greece and the euro zone face a week of political and financial uncertainty after the Greek Prime Minister’s shock announcement of a referendum on the country’s creditors’ proposals to resolve its debt.

Greece’s place in the single currency union now hangs in the balance as a result of a tumultuous weekend. Last-ditch talks between Greece and its lenders broke down, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras surprised lenders late on Friday by announcing a referendum on the country’s bailout and the reforms demanded by its lenders on July 5.

Although details of the measures they will actually be voting for or against are not yet public, Greeks are expected to vote on whether to accept the bailout measures offered by international creditors, which come with the strings of prolonged austerity measures attached, or to reject them and potentially leave the euro zone.

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, hit back at Greece on Monday, telling a press conference in Brussels that the creditors’ bailout proposals were “fair.”

Juncker said that he felt “betrayed” by Greece and added that while he did not expect Greece to exit the single currency area, no country in the euro zone was worth more than any other. He emphasized that Greek citizens needed to have a clear picture of what was at stake in a referendum.

Earlier on Monday, EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici refused to be pessimistic about the outcome of five months of wranglings over reforms between Greece and lenders. During an interview on French radio, he maintained a deal could still be found, despite the latest twist in the Greek saga.

Juncker said in his press conference that he had no new proposals for Greece, however.

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