Passport applications in Greece rise amid fears of default

Daily requests up more than 50% over 2014

(ANSA) - Athens, July 9 - Passport applications have increased in Greece amid fears of an imminent default and subsequent exit from the eurozone, the on-line edition of Kathimerini reported Thursday.
    In Athens some 1,580 passport applications were filed on Wednesday alone, the paper said.
    This represents an increase of over 50% over the same period last year, while the long-term average for this point in the summer holiday season is around 600 applications per day. On Sunday Greeks voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to reject new austerity measures in exchange for further financial support. Greek and other European leaders are now rushing to negotiate an alternative bailout accord.


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