Greece: A nation at the crossroads

To the tens of thousands of mostly young people piled into Syntagma Square and crammed down the streets surrounding the imposing Greek parliament, it was the simplest and most powerful of messages. To the cries of “oxi” (Greek for no), Alexis Tsipras

5th July, 2015
A protester participates in a demonstration calling for a No vote in today’s Greek referendum. Picture: Aris Messinis/Getty

The youthful prime minister, more rock star than politician to the crowd that had gathered from early morning, has gambled with Greece’s future in Europe in today’s hastily called referendum. But to his many supporters, today’s vote is not about austerity versus growth.

“This is not a protest. It is a celebration to overcome fear and blackmail,” he told a crowd of approaching 50,000 people – far more than...

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