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Europe

Queues continued to form outside banks in Greece on Tuesday

The Greek government is reportedly


planning to request a new two-year
bailout deal from the eurozone.

Greek debt crisis


Greece in crisis: What
next?

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It comes just hours ahead of a deadline


to repay 1.6bn (1.1bn) to the
International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Reports of the move to call for aid from
the European Stability Mechanism
(ESM) emerged as Greek leaders held
talks over the European Commission's
latest proposal for economic reforms.

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What Greeks really


think about the crisis
Greek debt crisis:
Why a bailout
referendum?
Is Greece's exit from
the euro inevitable?

If Athens accepts the EC deal, it will free up cash to repay the


1.6bn.
Amid fears of a Greek default on its huge public debt of 323bn
- and a possible exit from the euro - long queues of people are
continuing to snake from many cash machines in Greece, where
withdrawals are capped at just 60 a day.

Greek deputy foreign minister Euclid Tsakalotos told the BBC's Katya Adler he
believed a solution could be found

Greek banks were shut this week after talks between Greece
and its creditors broke down.
However, up to 1,000 bank branches will re-open from
Wednesday to allow pensioners - many of whom do not use
bank cards - to withdraw up to 120.

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A European Commission spokesman said the commission's


president, Jean-Claude Juncker, was called by Greek Prime
Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday night.
The European Commission says the deal offered by Mr Juncker
on Monday was identical to one made on Friday.
However, reports in Greece say the new offer is different to
Friday's, and includes a change in terms to Ekas - a top-up
given to poorer Greek pensioners. Athens does not want it
scrapped before 2020, but Europe wants it phased out earlier.
The ESM, subject of the latest Greek proposal, provides
financial assistance to eurozone members in order to keep the
euro stable. It did not exist when Greece was bailed out in 2010
and 2012.

Resignation hint
A referendum is due to take place in Greece on Sunday over
whether the country should accept the creditors' proposals.
EU leaders have warned that a rejection of the proposals would
mean Greece leaving the eurozone - though Mr Tsipras says he
does not want this to happen.
The EC says that if funds were to be released, Mr Tsipras and
his party must back the "yes" vote in the referendum.

What will happen next?


01:00 Greek time Wednesday (22:00 GMT): Greece's 1.6bn
repayment to the IMF is due.
5 July - the referendum on creditors' proposals, and many say
Greece's membership of the eurozone, takes place
20 July - Greece must redeem 3.46bn of bonds held by the
European Central Bank. If it fails to do so, the ECB can cut off
Greece's access to emergency loans.

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Speaking live on state TV on Monday evening, Mr Tsipras


appealed to Greeks to reject the creditors' proposals, saying this
would give Greece "more powerful weapons" to take to the
negotiating table.
Mr Tsipras also hinted strongly that he would resign if the result
of the referendum was a "yes" vote.
"If the Greek people want to proceed with austerity plans in
perpetuity, which will leave us unable to lift our head... we will
respect it, but we will not be the ones to carry it out," he said.

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Marusa, attending a No rally on Monday, says: "I believe in Tsipras and I'm not
worried"

Some eurozone leaders, including the Italian prime minister and


French president, voiced their concern on Monday that Greek
voters would effectively be deciding next Sunday whether or not
they wanted to stay in the eurozone.
Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude
Juncker said he felt betrayed by the Tsipras-led government and
called on Greek voters to oppose him.
The ECB is believed to have disbursed virtually all of its
emergency funds for Greece, amounting to 89bn (63bn).

Days of turmoil

Queues were forming in front of some ATMs in Athens - but customers will only
be allowed to take out 60 per day

Friday evening: Greek prime minister calls referendum on


terms of new bailout deal, asks for extension of existing
bailout

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Saturday afternoon: Eurozone finance ministers refuse to


extend existing bailout beyond Tuesday
Saturday evening: Greek parliament backs referendum for 5
July
Sunday afternoon: ECB says it is not increasing emergency
assistance to Greece
Sunday evening: Greek government says banks to be closed
for the week and cash withdrawals restricted to 60
Is Grexit nearer?
Katya Adler: A European divide
Existential threat to euro from Greek exit
A guide to the key numbers and issues

Lenders' proposals - key sticking points


VAT (sales tax): A new system to come in from 1 July, with
three rates, aimed at boosting annual revenue by 1% of total
output (GDP)
Most goods to be taxed at top rate of 23%, including
restaurants and catering and processed foods
Reduced rate of 13% for basic food, electricity, hotels and
water
Super-reduced rate of 6% for medicines, books and theatre
End exemptions and eliminate VAT discounts for Greek
islands
Create strong disincentives to early retirement
Move retirement age up to 67 by 2022

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End Ekas "solidarity" top-up grant that some 200,000 poorer


pensioners get - immediate EKAS cut for wealthiest 20% of
recipients, and cut completely by 2020
Pensioners' healthcare contributions to rise to 6%, from 4%
Source: European Commission document, 26 Jun 15 (pdf)
Greek debt jargon explained

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