“I am deeply distressed, saddened by the spectacle that Europe gave last Saturday. In a single night, the European conscience has taken a heavy blow,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, after Greece called for a referendum on Sunday.
Greeks woke up to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumours and conspiracy theories on Monday, as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Juncker added that “after months and months of discussions and debate, we were once more determined, patient, around a table working for the best possible agreement. This momentum has been broken unilaterally by the announcement of the referendum and above all by the intention to campaign on a ‘no’ to this agreement and above all by not telling the whole truth.”