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Germany's Greek community anxiously eyes events back home

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:21

Greeks living in Germany are divided about the outcome of the Greek referendum but hope that a peaceful union can be maintained. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Frankfurt's Greek Orthodox Church, worshippers had so much more than their faith on their mind during Sunday service. Even as they attended church, Germany's Greek community anxiously eyed events back home, as 11 million Greeks cast their vote in an historic bailout referendum. Final polls suggested voters rejected the international aid package -- meaning Greece could see a chaotic exit from the Euro zone. The decision could have far-reaching consequences for the global economy... and for Europe's grand projections of an unbreakable union. (SOUNDBITE) (German) POPE (GREEK PASTOR), ATHENAGORAS ZILIASKOPOULOS, SAYING: "We want to live together in Europe, in peace. Only a union can guarantee that. If this union falls apart for economic reasons, the future is very bleak. Then, unity and a peaceful Europe are in jeopardy." The Greek government wants to sit down now with negotiators to strike a better deal with its creditors, one that would write down Greece's massive debt. Germanys Greeks weren't able to cast ballots from afar, so these worshippers can only pray, and hope, for better days for their compatriots back home.

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Germany's Greek community anxiously eyes events back home

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:21