ATHENS (dpa) – Depositors in Greece pulled a total of 2.5 billion euros (three billion dollars) from bank accounts in December amid fears of renewed political and economic uncertainty, according to a news report Wednesday.
The Kathimerini daily said the large amount could only be explained by public anxiety ahead of snap polls on January 25, in which a leftist government could take over and pursue Greece’s exit from the eurozone.
In November, 200 million euros were pulled from Greek banks, the report said, adding, however, that the withdrawals during the past several weeks do not constitute a bank run.
Greece’s parliament was formally dissolved Wednesday ahead of the election.
The far-left SYRIZA party, which is expected to have a strong showing at the polls, has said it will roll back many of the reforms that have brought Greece back from the brink of economic ruin.