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Greeks in last-ditch rally to stay in the eurozone

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By Euronews  with Reuters, Euronews
Greeks in last-ditch rally to stay in the eurozone

With Greece once again on a knife edge over whether it will leave the euro, thousands of people rallied in Athens on Thursday calling for the country to remain in the bloc.

Their protest, outside parliament, took place as a crisis meeting of eurozone ministers was underway in Luxembourg. The urgent talks ended with no deal.

In a recent opinion poll, 7 out of 10 Greeks want to keep the euro at all costs.

One Athens resident said: “I’ m here because, I want my country to stay in the eurozone. I have kids and grandchildren and I want them to have a future. Without the euro, they won’t.”

Another protester added: “I don’ t want to think about leaving the euro, I don’ t want to think about it. This will be a disaster not only for my generation, but for everyone. It s really dramatic.”

Apostolos Staikos, our correspondent joined protesters campaigning against a possible Grexit.

“Demonstrators say any road that Greece takes without Europe will be a nightmare. They’ve demanded the government reach an agreement with lenders. 24 hours ago, in the same square, a different set of protesters asked the prime minister to tell them no. With time running out, Greece needs to take some tough decisions,” he said.