June 28, 2015 / 7:25 AM / in 4 years

Austria's Finance Minister says Grexit appears "almost inevitable"

VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) - Austria’s Finance Minister said a Greek exit from the euro - or Grexit - “appeared almost inevitable now” and that this would only be possible if Athens first asked to leave the European Union and other countries agreed to its request.

Athens has called a July 5 referendum so that Greek voters can decide on whether to accept new, tougher bailout terms that the government itself opposes.

“The consequences for the euro countries are not nearly as bad as for Greece. It’s clear that one country can under no circumstances blackmail the European Commission and the euro countries,” Austrian Newspaper Die Presse quoted Schelling as saying in Sunday’s print edition. (Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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