A pensioner reacts as she obtains a priority ticket to get part of her pension outside a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe.A day after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on debt to the IMF, long lines at cash machines provided a visual symbol of the pressure on Tsipras, who came to power in January vowing to end austerity and protect the poor.Eurozone finance ministers held an hourlong conference call to discuss the previous night's offer from Tsipras, but were adamant that no further discussions would be held until after the Sunday vote.Tsipras has suggested he would step aside if Greeks vote yes in Sunday's referendum.Even with a withdrawal limit of only 60 euros a day, there were signs of banknote shortages, with bankers saying 50-euro and 20-euro notes were running low.
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