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Berlin: Some German politicians and businessmen have expressed their feelings following the emerging outcome of Sunday’s referendum in Greece.

Ralph Brinkhaus, deputy parliamentary fraction leader of Germany’s Union parties led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, expected “poor prospects” for further bailout packages for Greece after the referendum, which was indicating a lead of the “No”-votes.

“The motto remains unchanged for us: aid in return for reforms, ” Brinkhaus told German television ZDF.

Axel Schaefer, deputy parliamentary fraction leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Merkel’s ruling partner in her coalition government, called for an immediate meeting of EU heads of government on Monday, reported German media N-TV.

“The situation is too serious to be left to finance ministers, ” Schaefer was quoted as saying.

Eric Schweitzer, President of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), warned that it would be “incredibly difficult” for German companies engaging in business in Greece.

He told ZDF that practically no invoices were paid anymore since the start of capital controls in Greece, saying this situation is expected to continue in face of the results of Sunday’ s referendum.

Some renowned German economists have also expressed their opinions, saying the current situation is heading to a potential Grexit with view of the referendum’s outcome.

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Australian Man Jacob Welsh from Geelong, Melbourne raises $4,000 to bring stray dog home from Greece

Welsh said he and Chance became inseparable after he found her lying in a pile of broken glass on the side of a busy road in Greece

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Jacob Welsh with the dog. Image source: Facebook

Melbourne, Sept 6, 2016: An Australian man Jacob Welsh has raised $4,000 to bring a stray dog home from Greece.

Welsh is from Geelong, 75 km from Melbourne, raised the money on a popular crowd-funding Website, to bring the dog, which he named “Chance,” back to Australia, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

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The resounding success of the campaign guaranteed Chance would have a home for the rest of her life, said Welsh.

“Thank you! She will not spend another night on the street thanks to all the help we’ve received,” Welsh wrote on social media on Tuesday.

Welsh said he and Chance became inseparable after he found her lying in a pile of broken glass on the side of a busy road in Greece.

“I called her over to me and she hesitantly approached, I gave her a little pat and ever since then she has followed me wherever I go,” he wrote on social media earlier.

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“I didn’t have the heart to leave her on the street after that so since then I have been sneaking her into my apartment, which has a strict no-pets policy.

“The sad reality of her going back on the streets is becoming more and more real as my time left in Greece comes to an end.

“Australia’s laws are very strict with this kind of thing but I have done the research and it is possible, just very expensive. If you can spare a few dollars Chance and I would really appreciate it.”

Costs involved in bringing an animal into Australia include a rabies vaccine, pet passport, plane tickets, airport transfers, de-worming medication and a pet carrier box. (IANS)