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The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) has said Greece is in "default" after it failed to repay the IMF earlier this week. The facility holds €145bn of Greek debt. It hasn't demanded debt repayment, which would trigger a Greek euro exit. But its decision heightens tension ahead of Sunday's referendum.
The taxi service Uber announced Friday it would stop its UberPop service in France at 8pm. Several drivers for the service, which was declared illegal in France, were attacked by professional taxis drivers in recent weeks. The paid car-sharing service is suspended "in an appeasement spirit," said Uber France chief.
French president Francois Hollande Friday rejected an asylum request from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. "Today my life is in danger," Assange wrote in an open letter in Le Monde a few days after revelations on NSA spying in France. "His situation presents no immediate danger," estimates the French presidency.
"The special forces in the army are responsible for maintaining the stability inside the country," Greek Defence minister Panos Kammenos said in a statement Thursday (2 July), three days ahead of a referendum on Greece's bailout programme. The statement comes amid capital controls and closed banks in Greece.
Greece would not be able to print drachma, its former currency, even if it left the eurozone, Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis told Australia's ABC channel. "We smashed the printing presses," he said, explaining that Greece had to get rid of the machines because "this monetary union is irreversible".
70% of Germans support finance minister Schaeuble, according to a poll published Thursday. 67% support chancellor Merkel. The poll also showed that Germans are split on Greece's future in the eurozone: 45% support Grexit, 45% don't. 69% of Germans worries about the situation of the Greek people.