Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepares for a TV interview at the State Television (ERT) in Athens, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarket lines and overwhelming uncertainty Monday as a breakdown in talks with international lenders plunged their country deep into crisis.The frantic efforts to secure Greece's place within the eurozone followed a dramatic weekend.It also pushed Greece toward defaulting on 1.6 billion euros due to the IMF Tuesday, which would take it closer to an exit from the eurozone.The Athens stock exchange was closed like the banks, but other share markets fell on fears Greece could be heading out of the euro.A snap Reuters poll of over 70 economists and traders taken Monday put the probability of Greece leaving the eurozone at 45 percent, up from 30 percent a week ago.Greece's banks shut after the European Central Bank rejected its request for 6 billion euros of additional emergency funding Sunday to cope with large withdrawals, though the ECB is expected to allow Greek banks to keep using existing funds until the referendum, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.Syriza says a "No" will strengthen its hand at the negotiating table, though other European leaders say it will push Greece out of the euro.
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