An agreement has yet to be reached in debt talks between Greece and its Eurogroup creditors, but the general feeling on the streets of the capital seems to be that negotiations should continue.
The new Syriza government is hoping to improve the economic situation by amending the EU-imposed austerity measures.
“It’s good to negotiate,” said local resident George Laganis. “But it’s also good to know your limits in the negotiation. We’ll see. This is a game and the result is the only thing that counts.”
Athens local Niki added: “We’ve taken several steps backwards and I think we should proceed more strongly so things can somehow get better for the people.”
The Eurogroup has agreed to resume talks in Brussels on Monday (February 16).
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis appeared optimistic, although head of the group Jeroen Dijsselbloem said they “didn’t actually go into detailed proposals” in Wednesday’s (February 11) meeting.
Syriza maintains the soon-to-expire bailout plan is partially to blame for the country’s economic problems.
If a deal is not reached, Greece could be forced out of the eurozone. While the majority of Greeks wish to remain, a small minority could be seen burning the EU flag, seeming to support a return to the country’s pre-euro currency, the drachma.