The beleaguered Cypriot government was at pains to assure that pension funds wouldn't be completely wiped out. Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said authorities had ensured pension funds in Laiki accounts wouldn't be lost, but transferred to the Bank of Cyprus. Nonetheless, they could take a hit of as much as 60 percent of their value.
Stylianides said new Finance Minister Harris Georgiades is in talks with trade unions to figure out how to minimize the damage as much as possible.
But all this is little comfort for Maria. She says she's spoken to lawyers who have advised her that she has a solid case to sue because the bailout terms possibly breached domestic laws.
She says she's still mulling it over, but hasn't made up her mind. Instead she falls back to a Cypriot character trait of counting one's blessings.
"I just want my kids and myself to be healthy," she says. "God will provide."
Adam P. Pemble in Nicosia contributed.
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