Athens (AFP) - 20:54 GMT - Tusk to decide on summit - Merkel and Hollande have sent their request for a Eurozone summit on Tuesday to the current president of the European Council, Poland's Donald Tusk, according to sources in the French presidency.
BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - France and Germany called for an emergency summit of euro zone leaders to discuss Greeks' stunning referendum vote on Sunday to reject bailout terms, as calls mounted in Berlin to cut Greece loose from Europe's common currency. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy said Athens had wrecked any hope of compromise with its euro zone partners by overwhelmingly rejecting further austerity. Merkel and French President Francois Hollande conferred by telephone and called for a euro zone summit on Tuesday.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed a 'No' vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout offer and said his government was ready to return immediately to negotiations with creditors in a bid to get shuttered banks open again. Dismissing talk that the referendum was effectively a vote on whether Greece stays in the euro, Tsipras said the mandate that Greeks had given him was to reach a viable solution rather than clash with Europe. "With the difficult circumstances prevailing today you made a very brave choice," Tsipras said in a televised address to Greeks.