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06/22/2015 05:10 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 01:12 EDT

THE LATEST: Greeks take money out of banks as negotiations over Greek debt heat up in Brussels

11:05 a.m. (0905 GMT, 5:05 a.m. EDT)Amid the high-stakes negotiations in Brussels over Greek debt, many Greeks have been taking their cash out of banks in large amounts.Some two billion euros (nearly $2.3 billion) was withdrawn over just three days last week.Yannis Nikolopoulos said in Athens says Monday "everyone's going (to the banks) to take money."He said people are taking "some money to have at home for 10, 15 days — say 1,000, 500 euros, because if the banks shut it'll be a problem to go shopping."He said a deal between Greece and its creditors "is mandatory at all costs, otherwise we're doomed."Vassiliki Papanagiotou, a lawyer in Athens, is urging "prudence on both sides," warning that "otherwise Greece will collapse."___10:05 a.m. (0805 GMT, 4:05 a.m. EDT)European stock markets are surging on hopes that Greece and its creditors will reach a deal to get the country more loans before it goes bankrupt at the end of the month.The Athens stock exchange led the charge, jumping 7.1 per cent. The Stoxx 50 of top European shares was up 2.7 per cent, with Germany's DAX gaining 2.8 per cent.Leaders of the 19-nation eurozone are gathering in Brussels for a last-ditch summit aimed at clinching a deal between Greece and international lenders as a major debt payment deadline looms.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented the leaders of Germany, France and the European Union over the weekend with a new proposal for a deal. No details of it were made public.