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Published 01/07/2015

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The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS A man gestures as pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, to cash out up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pro-European Union protester demonstrate in front of the parliament in Athens on June 30, 2015. 2015. Thousands of people rallied in Athens in support of a bailout deal with international creditors which has been rejected by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, leaving Greece on the brink of default. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS A pro-European Union protester waves an EU flag during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on June 30, 2015. 2015. Thousands of people rallied in Athens in support of a bailout deal with international creditors which has been rejected by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, leaving Greece on the brink of default. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS A pro-European Union protester waves an EU flag during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on June 30, 2015. 2015. Thousands of people rallied in Athens in support of a bailout deal with international creditors which has been rejected by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, leaving Greece on the brink of default. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pro-European Union protesters hold a banner which reads ''YES'' as they shout slogans during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on June 30, 2015. European leaders want to "sink" Greece's ruling Syriza party to block the rise of other far-left, anti-austerity parties such as ally Podemos in Spain, Greece's Labour Minister Panos Skourletis said Tuesday. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A pensioner waits outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners try to enter a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners try to enter a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners try to enter a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as Greece reopened banks for pensioners who do not use cash cards for ATM, to allow them to withdraw their pension with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro (1.7 billion USD) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners try to enter the national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A bank manager (L) tries to calm down pensioners waiting in front of the a national Bank branch as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A man talks to police officer while waiting along with other pensioners in front of a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers help a man to enter a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman reacts while waiting in front of a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the pensioners to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners try to get priority numbers outside a national bank of Greece branch ,as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners speaks while they wait outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners wait outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners wait outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A pensioner, wearing a protective mask, waits outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A pensioner holds banknotes next to people waiting outside a national Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to cash out up to 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A pensioner holds banknotes next to people waiting outside a national Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to cash out up to 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A pensioner holds banknotes next to people waiting outside a national Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to cash out up to 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A pensioner holds banknotes next to people waiting outside a national Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to cash out up to 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners receive priority numbers outside a national bank brunch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to cash out up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A man reacts as pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, to cash out up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman gestures as pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, to cash out up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
The manager of a national Bank branch delivers priority numbers to pensioners, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A man gestures as pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, to cash out up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a National Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a National Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a National Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a National Bank branch as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman talks to a police officer as she waits outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman helps her mother to walk into a bank, as banks only opened for pensioners to allow them to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman looks through a door of a National Bank branch as banks opened only for pensioners to allow their to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

As Greeks woke up this morning to the knowledge that the country had defaulted on its €1.6bn IMF loan repayment there were chaotic scenes outside a number of banks where pensioners queued to withdraw money, writes Caroline Crawford.

The banks had agreed to open up to 1,000 branches to facilitate the thousands of pensioners who do not have bank cards.

But at many branches around the country thousands of ordinary Greeks gathered around banks from early morning hoping to gain access.

Several banks had to keep their doors shut to stop the surge of people from entering.

As the morning continued, doors at banks remained manned as the large queues of pensioners were asked for identification before being allowed entry to collect their €120 for the week. They will also be issued with cash cards for future use.

One man, who did not wish to give his name, was denied entry at an Athens bank.

“People want their money but they won’t let us in. Nobody knows how long this will go on and I demanded my money, but I am not a pensioner and they wouldn’t let me in. I cannot live on €60 a day,” he said.

Some branches caused outrage among those gathered when they decided to deal with the crowds in alphabetical order over a number of days.

Meanwhile queues remained at ATMs around the capital city Athens. At each machine the numbers waiting to withdraw their daily allowance of €60 varied from around five to 12 people.

By late morning some ATMs in the city were already running out of cash, with people having to rejoin longer queues at other machines.

Tourist businesses in the city were also suffering today. Yanis Tziovaras works for the sightseeing company, Athens Happy Train. He explained how the numbers using the usually busy service had dropped off dramatically.

“We should have three trains running full at this time. But our first train had eight people and this one is empty. The tourists don’t know what to do and the locals have no money because the banks are closed. We would usually have many parents on days off bring their children on tours but this week it has fallen off.

Mr Tziovaras said Greek people were confused about what was happening but said many believed there would not be a referendum.

“People don’t know what is going to happen next week, next year, in the next hour. I don’t think there will be a vote, no one knows if we are meant to say Yes or No, we don’t know what we are being asked. I think about 70pc to 75pc would vote yes but I think they will stop the vote tonight and make a new deal,” he added.

Source Irish Independent

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