People wait for a soup kitchen to open, organized daily by the municipality of Athens, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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European Union officials Tuesday swiftly dismissed new Greek promises of economic reform, saying the proposals were not enough to unlock funds that Athens urgently needs to avoid defaulting on its debts.Frustration is growing among fellow eurozone members who have footed a large part of the 240 billion euro bill for bailing out Athens since it sank into a debt crisis in 2010 .The bailout program with the EU and International Monetary Fund expires at the end of this month, and Athens must make big debt repayments to the IMF by then that will probably be impossible without funds from its creditors.Default would endanger Greece's future in the eurozone, but Tsipras has to win over not only the lenders but also members of his Syriza party who are resolutely opposed to the punishing austerity terms that the EU and IMF have insisted on in return for bailout funds.Tsipras warned against assuming that if Greece defaults it could be allowed to fall out of the eurozone without profound consequences.
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