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At barren shops and closed banks, Greeks feel strain of 'economic war'

At barren shops and closed banks, Greeks feel strain of 'economic war'

Ten packages of pasta, a bag of flour, canned white beans and rice. On a Monday of uncertainties for Greece, which may soon bid farewell to the euro, groceries were what Stalo Mestana decided she could count on. She loaded up her shopping cart and paid with a credit card — because banks are shuttered and cash just turned into a precious commodity. Not too long ago, Mestana, a dietician, could argue with her husband about whether a California red wine was better than a nice French burgundy. But after five years of grueling austerity, her husband is out of work, Greece's middle class is hollowed out, and the world is bracing for a Sunday referendum that European Union leaders...

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