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Greeks celebrate, Germans ponder referendum

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:54

The 'No' vote wins in the Greek referendum, triggering celebrations in Athens and contemplation in Germany. Sean Carberry reports.

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And, the "Nos" have it. The preliminary count shows Greeks voted overwhelmingly against the terms of a now expired EU bailout package. "No" supporter Athina joined the crowd celebrating outside parliament in Athens. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) 'NO' VOTE SUPPORTER, ATHINA, SAYING: "We want Tsipras and this government in power. Even if we starve, we don't want to be deceived." But, for the last week, Greek banks have been closed and ATM withdrawals limited to 60 euros a day. And the only thing certain about Greece's future is uncertainty. Reaction was far more subdued in Germany - which has been footing much of the Greek bailout bill. Foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier acknowledged the vote was a clear "no." (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "First of all we have to accept such a result, this is a result of a referendum in which the Greek people participated in a large number. Decisions now have to be taken in Greece and the ball is in Athens' court." On the streets of Berlin, Germans reacted with anger to the Greek vote. Greece must pay their debts, not us in Germany, it's as easy as that, says this man who goes by the name Hans. Onur Othan agrees. (SOUNDBITE) (German) ONUR OTHAN SAYING: "We pay the taxes and they live off us, and they don't want to do anything in return. Not even save money. That is not right. That does not sound right." Other Germans, like Aranta Martin aren't sure what to make of the Greek vote. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARANTA MARTIN, SAYING: "I don't know what to say. Maybe this makes things will get worse. They should negotiate with the rest of the people in Europe. I don't know." Greek officials say the vote will strengthen their hand in talks with the EU, but euro zone officials say there are no plans for resumed bailout talks.

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Greeks celebrate, Germans ponder referendum

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:54