Greek leader presses on with austerity vote
ATHENS, Greece — Eurozone finance ministers decided Wednesday to break off talks on more aid for Greece until after it holds a weekend referendum, even as the Greek government pressed ahead with plans to let the people decide whether to accept more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Following a late-night teleconference, the chairman of the eurogroup said the 19 ministers had decided to put any further negotiations on hold. “Given the political situation, the rejection of the previous proposals, the referendum which will take place on Sunday, and the recommendation by the Greek government to vote ‘No,’ we see no grounds for further talks at this point,’’ Dutch Foreign Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said. “There will be no talks in the coming days, either at eurogroup level or between the Greek authorities and the institutions on proposals or financial arrangements.” Earlier Wednesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who called the popular vote for Sunday, was defiant, saying it would go ahead as planned and again urging citizens to vote “No.’’ In a televised address to the nation, he said a “No’’ result would not mean that Greece would have to leave the euro, as many European officials have argued.