EU's Juncker urges Greeks to vote ‘yes' in referendum to survive

DAILY SABAH WITH AP
ISTANBUL
Published 29.06.2015 19:38

The European Union's top executive has called on the Greek people to vote against their government's wishes in Sunday's referendum and back the country's continued stay in the euro currency union. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says "It is time for Greeks to speak up and to shape their own destiny." Months of bailout negotiations went off track over the weekend, when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise referendum on the creditors' proposal for reforms in exchange for loans. Tsipras advised Greeks to vote ‘No' to the proposals.

Juncker countered by saying "I'd like to ask the Greek people to vote ‘yes.'" "I very much like the Greeks, and I'd say to them ‘You should not commit suicide because you are afraid of death. You should say ‘yes.'" Fears are that if the Greeks vote no and go with their government, the nation might fall out of the eurozone and face financial chaos.

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