Spyros Makrigiannis
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Greek shopkeeper wants change in his country, for better or worse

Greek shopkeeper Spyros Makrigiannis says even if Greece is forced to exit the euro, its people will still survive. He says the country just needs change - for better or worse.

On Sunday Greeks will vote in a second election in as many months. The last available polls suggested centre-right party New Democracy and the Radical Left coalition Syriza were neck and neck.

Whatever the outcome, it will most probably be followed by many days of coalition negotiations.

Spyros Makrigiannis, 36, says the country needs change and he does not mind if that change comes in the form of Syriza's leader Alexis Tsipras, despite the fact that his party is anti-bailout.

If Tsipras wins on Sunday, and Greece does not have enough money to repay its debts, a return to the drachma will be all the more likely.

But Spyros says the country has been through much worse and even if next year his family and friends have less money and just eat bread and oil instead of the traditional lamb for Easter, they will still celebrate.

Watch more of Paul Mason's report on BBC Newsnight tonight at 10.30pm

  • 14 Jun 2012
  • From the section Europe
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