Greece has still not formed a government, imperiling its bailout and increasing the chances of it being forced out of the eurozone.
Voters sent a strong message of anger over austerity measures imposed by Greece's foreign lenders, but with no party in the majority a government has yet to be formed.
Elections in Greece over the weekend saw both far-right and left-leaning politicians gain seats in parliament, setting up a fight over the country's economic future.
Alternative currencies keep resources and economic systems close to home and have both a trickle-down and a ripple-out effect.
The Dow slipped 102 points to close at 12927 Monday as worrying news out of Europe sent US stocks sharply lower.
Germany is angry that Ireland plans to hold a referendum on a treaty that will impose strict budget controls on EU members. Ireland has twice rejected EU treaties — but this time, it alone cannot scupper the deal.
Ireland's approval of the EU fiscal treaty passed in January is dependent on a public referendum, the attorney general said today. Ireland might demand concessions in exchange for approval.
The Dow made another run at 13000, finishing up 46 points at 12984. Despite coming within four points of the mark, early losses kept the index from reaching 13000.
The Dow lost 27 points to close at 12938 Tuesday as stocks closed lower for the first time in four trading days.
After losing for most of the day, the Dow rallied to close up four points at 12878 on late reports that suggested the unraveling Greek debt talks might be saved after all.