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Frustration, sadness in Greek neighborhood of New York

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:22

Greek-Americans in New York City's Astoria neighborhood say it's frustrating to watch the debt crisis unfold in their home country. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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New York's Astoria neighborhood is full of money-making Greek businesses. But Greek-Americans here say, they cannot ignore the dire economic situation back home. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KOSTA, GREEK-AMERICAN, SAYING: "I'm thinking about my family of course because they don't have no money. Everything is down and down. No work and a lot of people standing in line to take 60 dollars. That's not the right thing." Long lines at cash machines provide a stark visual symbol of what Greek leader Alexis Tsipras faces. He's rejected European warnings that Greeks WILL be deciding on their future in the euro zone in a referendum on Sunday. He says negotiations will continue for a BETTER deal with international creditors after the vote. Anna Bililis supports the Prime Minister, and says it's time for the Greek people to say "no" to austerity. But community leader Cleanthis Meimaroglou says he wants a deal -- and fast. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLEANTHIS MEIMAROGLOU, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION OF HELLENIC SOCIETIES, SAYING: "They have to find a solution. They have to talk to the European Union, sit down, not to leave them for six months idle and talk to them to find a common solution." Regardless of "yes/no" divide in this Queens neighborhood, their ancestry unites them. And they say it's a shame that debt is exhausting their beautiful country.

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Frustration, sadness in Greek neighborhood of New York

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:22