Tsipras tells Hollande, Merkel that referendum will go ahead: source

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday told French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that a July 5 bailout referendum will go ahead, a Greek government source said.

“Whatever decision the Eurogroup takes, the Greek people will have oxygen next week (and) they will survive,” Tsipras said to Hollande and Merkel, the source said.

Tsipras also stressed that “democracy is an ultimate value in Greece and the referendum will be held whatever the Eurogroup decides”, according to the same source.

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