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This Spoof Monopoly Board Sums Up How Greeks Are Feeling Right Now

The “chance” cards have been replaced with a blank space saying “there’s no chance.”

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This spoof Greek Monopoly board has been making the rounds this month as Greece’s economic crises come to a head. A referendum on a bailout, designed by European leaders and opposed by many Greeks, is scheduled for Sunday.

#SaturdaySatire I see Hasbro have brought out a new Greek version of the classic board game Monopoly.


Greece has been locked in talks with eurozone countries all year to sketch out a new bailout deal, with no success. Only few hours remain until the deadline for loan repayment passes. Maybe that’s why the board’s space for “chance” cards looks like this.

This spoof board seems to have first appeared on this Greek Facebook page in 2013, when it was also shared across social media. It’s popped up again in recent days as deadline for Greece to repay its loan loomed.

In an attempt to get things moving, Greece is due to hold a July 5 referendum on the latest bailout proposed by the eurozone, the 19-country bloc that uses the euro. The two sides' failure so far to reach a deal has brought Greece ever closer to a worst-case scenario where it might have to leave the euro, a so-called "Grexit." Other European countries have repeatedly said they want to reach a deal and keep Greece in the bloc.

Greece announced on Monday it had closed its banks until the referendum, in order to stop people withdrawing all their money in a panic.

For some people in Greece, the situation might feel like this even more bleak spoof Monopoly board, which also first started appearing online in 2013.

Greek Monopoly.........NEW Version

The person behind the Greek Facebook page, which carries the name Gerontas Tsiou and describes this as a "fictional" identity, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Shyamantha Asokan is a foreign news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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