NICOSIA, Cyprus - There were long lines of anxious people but no sign of trouble as banks in Cyprus opened Thursday for the first time in nearly two weeks, after an international bailout that sought to save the country from financial ruin.
To stop a run on its banks, the government imposed a daily limit on how much people can withdraw - the first such action in the 14-year history of the euro. Cypriots took the measure in stride, aware that with their economy on the edge of collapse, panic would make the situation worse.
"Everything has been paralyzed. Besides my business being already low, now no one thinks of buying flowers," said florist Christos Papamichael, who was among about 30 people waiting for bank doors to open.