As Syriza supporters flock to Athens’ Syntagma square to celebrate, Phoebe Greenwood talks to those who are celebrating a historic referendum outcome. ‘They thought they could intimidate us,’ one man says. Despite jitters on the financial markets, others happy with the historic oxi (no) vote say they hope it will be the moment that Greeks can come together.
Crisis will be "appropriately resolved" China minister says
Deputy Chinese foreign minister Cheng Guoping believes the Greek crisis will be “appropriately resolved” and the economy will turn around, Reuters reports.
However he would not say if Alexis Tsipras could attend an emerging powers summit later in the week in Russia.
“I believe that with the hard efforts of all sides, Greece’s economic situation will turn around. The economic crisis will be appropriately handled,” he told reporters, in China’s first official comment since the Greek vote.
“Whether or not it can be appropriately handled will not only have an important impact on Greece and its people, but will have an important impact on ... the world too.”
Asked whether Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras might come to this week’s summit of the BRICS group of five major emerging nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - Cheng said that as Russia was the host it was its decision on whether to invite other countries.
Russia’s finance minister said last week that Russia had not offered Greece the chance to become a member of the New Development Bank that is being created by the BRICS group.
Result is very regrettable - Eurogroup president
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister and president of the Eurogroup, has released a statement on the referendum results.
It is a short statement, but needless to say, Dijsselbloem is disappointed.
I take note of the outcome of the Greek referendum. This result is very regrettable for the future of Greece. For recovery of the Greek economy, difficult measures and reforms are inevitable. We will now wait for the initiatives of the Greek authorities. The Eurogroup will discuss the state of play on Tuesday 7 July.
Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is never shy of enthusiastically tweeting her opinions, has welcomed the referendum results.
In a series of tweets written in English, Fernández labeled the No vote an “outright victory of democracy and dignity.”
Some background on the link between Argentina and Greece in this current crisis, from Reuters:
There are stark similarities between Argentina’s 2002 financial meltdown and the turmoil in Greece: rigid monetary regimes, creditors battling domestic politics to fix the problem and banking systems at breaking point.
The South American grains behemoth defaulted on $100 billion in bonds in a 2002 crisis that thrust millions of middle-class Argentines into poverty. By the next year, helped by a massive soy crop, Argentina started growing again.
But the 2002 crisis continues to plague its finances.
Fernandez regularly blasts bondholders who have sued the country over the debt it failed to pay 13 years ago.
Most holders agreed to restructurings that paid about 30 cents on the dollar, while a group of hedge funds sued for full repayment.
The country defaulted again last year when a U.S. judge barred it from honouring its restructured debt without reaching a deal with the funds, which Fernandez denounces as “vultures.”
Argentina became one of the world’s fastest expanding economies after its default, growing at an averaging above 8.5 percent between 2003 and 2007, when Fernandez was first elected.
Since then she has ordered trade and currency controls that have slowed investment while government fiscal accounts deteriorate due to high state spending.