|"No" [to EU demand] voters celebrated Sunday’s referendum result, but Greece’s financial crisis set to continue, with no end in sight. (Chris Ratcliffe /Bloomberg/Getty Images)|
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ATHENS, modern Greece - As it became clear [yesterday] Sunday night that nearly two-thirds of Greek voters had given a thumbs-down to the deal offered by the country’s creditors, the main square in Athens, Syntagma, erupted into an impromptu celebration. Crowds cheered and waved Greek flags. Some danced.
But [today] Monday morning, Greeks woke up with a hangover, so to speak. The jubilation evident in the square just the night before gave way to the harsh reality that a solution for Greece’s financial crisis is nowhere in sight.
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The country still has to negotiate with its creditors, banks are closed, and no one knows for sure when they will reopen. For now, people cannot take out more than 60 euros a day, or about $67, and even those with cash stashed safely in deposit boxes aren’t sure they can get to their money anytime soon.
Adding to people’s confusion, the country’s pugnacious finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis -- one of the architects of the vote -- abruptly resigned Monday morning, even though the vote went the way the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wanted.
In Zografou, a neighborhood in central Athens where close to 56 percent voted against the proposal and 44 percent voted in favor of it, the mood was mixed Monday morning, ranging from cautious optimism to despair. More