With speculation swirling that Greece might be forced out of the euro and have to print its own money after a weekend referendum, its finance minister on Thursday said the country no longer had the presses to make drachmas.
“We don’t have the capacity,” Yanis Varoufakis told Australian public radio network ABC.
In 2000, the year before Greece joined the eurozone, “one of the things we had to do was get rid of all our printing presses” as part of the bloc’s assertion that “this monetary union is irreversible,” he said.
“We smashed the printing presses — we have no printing presses,” Varoufakis said.
Greece’s government last week called the rush referendum for this coming Sunday.
It says the consultation is narrowly about whether the country should accept harsh austerity measures in return for a bailout from international creditors that expired on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Varoufakis are calling for a ‘No’ vote.
But leading eurozone nations Germany, France and Italy say the plebiscite is really about whether Greek citizens want to keep the euro or not.
Neighbors accuse Black woman of ‘driving down’ property values with Black Lives Matter sign
A Black woman in New York said that she was accused of "driving down" property values because a sign supporting Black Lives Matter was displayed in the window of her home.
The story was shared by Twitter user @pivyak, who said the incident occurred in Oswego after her sister painted a sign in the home's front window. The sign reads, "Silence supports police violence."
In an anonymous letter, self-described "neighbors" complained that they could not sell their homes for the "best price" because of the sign.
"We believe you've made your point," the letter states. "As tensions rise in our city, home is the safe and quiet place we wanted to return to after being at work. We want to come home to a beautiful street where neighbors care and support one another."
‘Worst pain I’ve ever felt’: Diner employees in shock after getting maced by angry anti-masker
Three employees at a Missouri pizza diner got maced earlier this week by a customer who was angry that they were asked to wear a face mask as a precondition of being served.
Local news station KMOV reports that a group of maskless people went into the Incredible Pizza Company in South St. Louis County on Sunday, where they were asked to leave because of their refusal to wear masks.
Internet explodes watching Trump reduced to ‘global laughingstock’ in ‘soul-crushing’ interview
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan interviewed President Donald Trump and it did not go well for the president. The internet is ablaze with astonishment over how the Australian journalist decimated Trump, as the clip below demonstrates.
"We're going to look at some of these charts," Trump, who is sitting in a very low chair, says to Swan.
"I'd like to," Swan replies.
Trump is fumbling with color printouts of charts that look like they were made for an elementary school class.