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​Tsipras plays his last card

· ​Pope Francis' closeness to the families gravely beset by the crisis in Greece ·

“The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying. 

The Holy Father wishes to convey his closeness to all the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex and keenly felt human and social crisis”. With these words the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi, highlighted the Pontiff’s concern for the country on Wednesday, 1 July. “The dignity of the human person”, he said, “must remain at the centre of any political and technical debate, as well as in the taking of responsible decisions”. Pope Francis “invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people”, he concluded.

With regards to the political debate, an agreement between the government of Greece led by Alexis Tsipras and the international creditors seems unlikely. Tsipras stated he was ready to accept the conditions imposed by the other side, however, with a few changes. The Financial Times confirmed this, citing a letter Tsipras wrote to Brussels on 30 June, containing the latest counterproposals by creditors in order to find a last-minute agreement.

Germany expressed sharp opposition to Tsipras' proposal. “Greece has the right to hold a referendum concerning Europe's proposal but the European partners also have the right to respond to the outcome”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. 

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