Live updates

Greek PM: Vote No against blackmail and ultimatums

Alexis Tsipras has addressed the nation on the final day of campaigning

The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, said IMF analysis showing Greece's debt isunsustainable justifies his government's decision to reject an aid package from creditors that offered no relief from debt.

In a televised address on the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday's referendum, Mr Tsipras also urged Greeks to vote "with calm" and against the bailout package and say 'no' to blackmail and ultimatums.

"Yesterday an event of major political importance happened," he said. "The IMF published a report on Greece's economy which is a great vindication for the Greek government as it confirms the obvious - that Greek debt is not sustainable."


Chelsea sign striker Falcao on loan

Radamel Falcao has another chance in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco.

The Colombian spent last season with Manchester United, but struggled to make any impact, scoring just four league goals for Louis van Gaal's men.

"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe," he told the club's official website.


Chair Euro finance ministers: Greece deal claims 'false'

A referendum campaign leaflet showing the word 'No' in Greek is seen left on the pavement in Athens. Credit: Reuters

The chair of the Eurozone finance ministers has dismissed claims by Greece that a deal with its creditors is not far off as "completely false".

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that Greece faced a difficult future regardless of the outcome of Sunday's referendum on whether to accept the a bailout, and that difficult fiscal measures were still unavoidable.

Speaking in the Dutch cabinet, Mr Dijsselbloem said:

Any politician who says that wouldn't be necessary in the case of a 'No' vote is making a fool of his people.

– Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Arsenal forward given permission to find new club

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski looks set to leave the Emirates after his agent admitted he'd been given permission to find the German a new club.

Podolski spent a disappointing few months out on loan at Inter Milan at the back end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to Galatasaray.

Lukas Podolski is off. Credit: PA

"We had good talks with Wenger," Podolski's agent, Nassim Touihri, told German newspaper Bild.

"He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That's why we agreed to make a transfer."

Greeks in Britain head home to vote in 'pivotal' referendum

The word 'No' in Greek is seen on a banner hanging from Athens' University building. Credit: Reuters

Greeks living in the UK are heading to their troubled homeland this weekend to vote in a "pivotal" referendum over its economy, the Greek Embassy in London has said.

Voters will be asked in Sunday's poll whether to accept an austerity package put forward by international lenders in return for a further bailout from the eurozone rescue fund.

Greek citizens living in the UK can only take part in the referendum if they return to Greece to cast their vote.

A spokesman for the Greek Embassy in London said:

Many people will make the effort to go back if they can because it's a pivotal moment in our recent history.

We cannot measure the numbers, but I have heard of many people from the Greek community here in the UK going back.

– Greek Embassy spokesperson.
Load more updates Back to top

From our journalists