Greek referendum: LIVE REPORT
Athens (AFP) - 19:05 GMT - 'Grexit nearer': Moscow - Greece has moved a step closer towards a eurozone exit, Russia's deputy economy minister says as early referendum results suggest Greeks have overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity.
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'No' camp on track for resounding victory in Greek referendum
Greece's government claimed Sunday "a clear mandate" for less stringent bailout conditions as voters looked set to overwhelmingly back its rejection of further austerity in a key referendum. France's President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were also to meet in Paris the same day to discuss the result of the referendum, the French presidency said. Early official figures, based on nearly 50 percent of ballots counted, showed 60 percent of votes in favour of a government's 'No' to tough austerity conditions that had been attached to a bailout deal that expired last Tuesday.
Italian foreign minister says now right to seek agreement on GreeceROME (Reuters) - Italy's foreign minister said on Sunday it was now right to restart efforts to reach an agreement with Greece, as partial results of a bailout referendum indicated it had rejected the austerity measures demanded by Europe. Paolo Gentiloni tweeted: "Now it is right to start trying for an agreement again. But there is no escape from the Greek labyrinth with a weak Europe that isn't growing." (Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Senior member of Irish PM's party says outline of Greek deal clearA senior member of Ireland's ruling party Fine Gael on Sunday said the use of EU structural funds, funding from the ECB and debt restructuring could be a part of a new bailout deal for Greece if it makes clear it wants to remain in the euro zone. Brian Hayes, a member of the European Parliament and a former government minister who frequently represents prime minister Enda Kenny's party in the Irish media, said it was "critical" that Greece apply for a third bailout. Reasonable financial assistance to allow the Greek banking system and economy to continue functioning," Hayes said in a statement issued by Fine Gael.
Greek minister says 'No' boosts government in credit talksATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's rejection of creditors's proposals in a referendum on Sunday boosts the government's negotiating position in talks with lenders, Labour Minister Panos Skourletis said. "The government now has a strong negotiating tool to bring about a deal which will open a new path for us," Skourletis told reporters. (Reporting By Michele Kambas)
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Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says U.S. ready to walk
By Arshad Mohammed and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States remains ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking after his third meeting of the day with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry said they had made "genuine progress" in talks over the last few days but "several of the most difficult issues" remain. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days, made quickly, we could get an agreement this week, but if they are not made we will not," he said outside the hotel where talks between Iran, the United States and five other powers are being held.