Greek crisis: Your comments and stories
- 22 June 2011
- From the section UK
The Greek government has won a critical vote of confidence as it struggles to gain support for extra austerity measures and avoid a debt default.
Earlier, thousands of people gathered outside the parliament building in Athens to protest against both the austerity measures and politicians in general.
BBC News readers have been getting in touch to give their reaction to what is happening in Greece.
Phoebus Giannopoulos, Nafpaktos
Although I was very busy with finals and projects I attended the demonstrations outside Syntagma until my recent return to my mother's hometown Nafpaktos.
Greeks are chanting "justice" outside parliament. They want to get rid of this corrupt system. No matter how much the government tries to legitimise itself, it cannot.
The government must now prepare for audits and courts, instead of playing another act for the world theatre.
Yannis Zabetakis, Athens
I am an assistant professor at the University of Athens. I feel that there is not a shred of hope for the future.
I am the father of two boys who are seven and five years old and I am worried for their future.
I also worry about the job prospects for the chemistry graduates at the University of Athens. Youth unemployment is a big problem.
The worst thing is that people have lost their smiles, their humour, their optimism. The future is bleak and the market is in free fall.
People in Greece feel anger and despair and the EU must show solidarity. If Greece goes down, the EU will face a political tsunami.
Leaders in the UK, France and Germany should put people, politics and policies above numbers, budgets and debts.
Calliope Iris, Athens
The outcome tonight was pretty expected but that's not the main reason why there are so many people out protesting in Athens.
For a lot of us, it's not just the austerity measures - it's the entire political system which we think is corrupt. We want it all to go.
I think the protests in Athens are going to last in some form far beyond the end of June.
I ultimately hope that the government will go and we get new leaders who are not involved in the regimes of the past. Leaders with ethics who believe in honesty and justice.
I live in Athens and had my own fashion company but since January 2010 things have been at a standstill. For months I have been trying to find work but it's difficult.
Things in the country are pretty depressing. There is a lot of anger and indignation but also fear and despair.
In the end, I hope this crisis will prove the ultimate rebirth for my country.
Denise Marinucci, Paros in the Cyclades Islands
I run a home-made ice-cream business on the seafront here in Paros which is pretty much prime location. If things in the economy continue the way they have been, I am worried that I could lose my business.
Our island is a largely reliant on domestic tourism so we're a pretty good indicator of the situation.
We've been seeing the number of tourists decline since about 2008. The worst was in 2009.
The government's financial mismanagement is partly to blame. The other problem is that Greece has never been structured like a European country in terms of things like tax collection as well. However, we pay our bills and taxes and we just want a fair share of what we've contributed to. I think what most people in Greece want is the same.
I have been in Greece for 12 years but previously I lived in Italy and Argentina so I have been through this sort of thing before.
I am resigned to the situation but I hope we get through it.
Mark Wenzel, Athens
I am totally opposed to the vote of confidence in parliament.
I totally support the protesters who are out on the streets in Athens. This is a crucial time for Greece.
I am 44 years old and unemployed. It's a pretty difficult time for me which is why I feel so strongly that we need a change.
At the moment we feel out parliamentary system and the leaders are all corrupt. We want the government to go. I think those who have links to corruption should be put on trial.
The protests are not just happening in Athens but all over Greece. They are making history, I just hope that they make a difference.