As banks, the markets and politicians discuss how best to deal with the Greek debt crisis, real people are facing an uncertain future without work or money.
Like Dimitris Filippas, a 50-year-old man with a teenage son. He used to be a car salesmen now he is unemployed:
“You are very good at your job they said, you do a good job and we want you to work for us , but unfortunately we can’t pay you so you have to leave the company.”
Euronews: Do you have any hope?
“Hope? What does that mean in Greek? Hope is an unknown word. I don’t know what it is”
George Katrougalos is a professor of constitutional law at Demokriteon University he believes the relationship between the Greek people and their government is seriously damaged:
“I think there has been a divorce between the Greeks and their government. The government is trying to solve the hiatus with tricks. For instance the referendum.”
Olaf Bruns is in Athens for euronews:
“Politicians and other officials talk to the media, that’s normal, it’s their job. But the protesters on Syntagma Square no longer talk to the media.
They say they have had too many bad experiences. They prefer to use the internet to get the massage across and tonight when the confidence vote takes place they will pack the square in their tens of thousands.”