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Anxious time for Greek residents and businesses with banks still closed

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By Seamus Kearney  with Symela Touchtidou
Anxious time for Greek residents and businesses with banks still closed

Queues of people continue to wait at money machines in Greece, with banks still closed and limits on cash withdrawals remaining in place.

And for the average citizen there is huge anxiety about future food supplies and pensions and salaries.

One man in Athens told euronews: “Things are very, very hard. We do not know if we are going to get paid next month and in the future.

“It’s very uncertain. There is nothing you can trust… for me, there must be a deal. Definitely, because leaving the euro will be much worse.”

For businesses life has become very difficult, with fewer customers.

Goldsmith Giannis Bakalis told Euronews: “For the past two weeks nobody has called to order. I mean nobody. I’m not exaggerating about the danger. I do not want to hear talk of leaving the euro. The disaster will be huge, disastrous for the country.”

And the closure of the banks and other capital controls have made life near impossible for businesses that import.

Nikos Georgakopoulos, the owner of a wholesale import company, told euronews:
“Everything has frozen, the suppliers want all of the money in advance. Since the banks are closed, how can you send money? You cannot send anything abroad, only buy internally.”

Euronews correspondent in Athens Symela Touchtidou reported: “On Wednesday morning the Greek government had to deny media reports about the preparation of IOU notes to pay pensions and wages. The government says these reports have no basis and only harm the country.”