Greece would need new currency if votes 'No': Schulz

5th July 2015, Comments 0 comments

Greece will have to introduce another currency if it votes 'No' in Sunday's referendum on its potential bailout terms, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said on German radio.

He told Deutschlandfunk that, in the event of a 'No' result, Greece would "have to introduce some other currency because the euro is not available as a means of payment".

"And how do they plan to pay salaries? How do they plan to pay pensions?"

"Only at the moment where somebody introduces a new currency does he exit the eurozone," Schulz added.

"And those are elements which lead me to hope that the people today won't vote 'No'."

Separately he told a German newspaper that Europe would not "desert" the people of Greece regardless of the outcome of the referendum and may provide it emergency loans.

He said in an interview with Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that the Athens government had manoeuvred the heavily-indebted country "into a dead end".

"Perhaps we will have to give emergency bridging loans to Greece so that public service can be maintained and needy people get the money they need to survive," he said.

"For that, money would be available short term in Brussels," he added.

But he warned this would not be a lasting solution.

Greeks are voting in a tightly fought referendum on whether to support the terms of the country's potential bailout deal with its international creditors.

Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras has urged a 'No' vote.


© 2015 AFP

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