EU leaders keen to make Greek referendum yes/no vote on euro

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EU leaders have told Greek voters that their referendum, to take place on Sunday July 5, will be a decision on whether or not to stay in the Eurozone.
The Greek Government will ask the question ‘Should the plan of agreement be accepted, which was submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund…?’ It refers to the austerity plan attached to the extension of Greece’s debt relief, and Greek voters will vote yes to accept the plan, or no to reject it.
But the EU is very keen to make this a yes or no on membership of the euro. The Italian, French and German Governments have all made announcements one way or another today to say Greece is voting to stay with or leave the euro.
French premier Francois Hollande said in a speech “What is at stake is whether or not Greeks want to stay in the eurozone (or) take the risk of leaving.”
The German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said a no vote was “a clear decision against staying in the euro.” Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tweeted that the vote was a choice between “euro vs drachma.”
This all followed the plea from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to the Greek people to vote yes, using impassioned language such as issuing the warning “not to commit suicide for fear of death.”
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will address the nation in a speech this evening.

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