Schulz calls for discussion on ‘humanitarian aid program for Greece’


A somber European Parliament President Martin Schulz says a summit of eurozone leaders planned for Tuesday should discuss a "humanitarian aid program for Greece" after Greeks voted to reject demands for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans.

Schulz says in a statement that Athens should make "meaningful and constructive proposals" in the coming hours to get the talks with the other 18 eurozone nations going again. He says: "If not we are entering a very difficult and even dramatic time."

Schulz says ordinary citizens, pensioners, sick people or children in kindergarten should not pay a price for the dramatic situation the country is in, which he blamed the Greek government for. He says the country needs a humanitarian program immediately.