Cyprus aims to heal its great divide

Wed, 10 Feb 2016; 15:38

At a time when walls and fences are going up across Europe in response to the migrant crisis, there is hope a long-standing barrier in one part of the continent could finally come down in 2016. After decades of division in Cyprus, there is genuine belief a political solution will bring together Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south. Since 1974, when a brief Athens-inspired coup […]

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Simon Reeve: ‘Greece will always have the capacity to surprise’

Tue, 2 Feb 2016; 08:55

I’ve been fortunate in my career as a presenter to travel to some of the more remote parts of the world – so at first glance, to make a programme that focuses on Greece might seem an odd decision. In many ways Greece is a known concept – the tourist industry has introduced millions of us to the country. We love the weather, the islands, the way of life. Read […]

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Surgery in the womb: miracle maker for NHS’s tiniest patients

Tue, 2 Feb 2016; 08:27

Prof Kypros Nicolaides studies the overhead monitor. “The head of the baby is down, and it is much easier to do when the head is up. So, there are two things we can do.” He pauses and an expectant silence falls. “We can all concentrate and chant. Do you want to chant? Like Hare Krishna?” Tension in the room immediately dissipates, replaced with slightly bewildered, muted laughter. “Or,” he continues, […]

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Europe’s refugee story has hardly begun

Mon, 1 Feb 2016; 21:46

The refugee story has hardly begun. There will be, on conservative estimates, another million arriving via Turkey this year – and maybe more. The distribution quotas proposed by Germany, and resisted by many states in eastern Europe, are already a fiction and will fade into insignificance as the next wave comes. Germany itself will face critical choices: if you’re suddenly running a budget deficit to meet the needs of asylum […]

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Zeus + Dione: fashion’s modern Greek classics

Mon, 1 Feb 2016; 21:33

The women of Pomakohoria are choosy who they share their secrets with. When the founders of fashion label Zeus + Dione approached them to see if they would add their unique macramé finishing to fancy capes, they were suspicious. And rightly so. The idea of opening Greek luxury fashion house in the middle of the country’s economic meltdown seems like a ridiculous idea. A year or so on, the 40 […]

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Greece’s 17 most beautiful beaches

Wed, 20 Jan 2016; 22:41

A Daily Telegraph photo extravaganza on the best beaches in Greece. See the pictures here.

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Greek Elites and Greek-Turkish Relations: Towards an Impasse?

Thu, 14 Jan 2016; 22:46

The ongoing economic crisis in Greece since 2008 has had an impact, primarily negative on the social, political, and economic fabric of the polity writ large. The question is whether it has had an impact on policy making as well. A recent study I conducted with my colleague Kostas Ifantis for the Hellenic Observatory with a generous grant from the National Bank of Greece on the perceptions of Greek Foreign […]

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What does 2016 hold in store for Greece?

Thu, 7 Jan 2016; 22:21

Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government lost out in congressional elections in Venezuela, Argentina has a new center-right president, and Tsipras’ domestic political dominance seems lately very uncertain. According to recent polls, Syriza is polling at around 18 percent, down from the 36 percent of the vote they received in last September’s elections, and is now neck-and-neck with the conservatives. For those who believe that a new crisis is coming to Athens, […]

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Greece’s economic crisis goes on, like an odyssey without end

Tue, 5 Jan 2016; 17:58

When Stavros Staikos thinks of the year ahead, he expresses dread. Although stoic in demeanour, the retired merchant seaman struggles to be upbeat about his country and his own circumstances. “It’s hard to be optimistic,” he says, waiting his turn for financial advice in the central Athens branch of the Union of Consumers and Borrowers. “Who’d have thought it would come to this? Who’d have thought that at the age […]

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