A woman walks by a closed Eurobank branch spray-painted with a NO graffiti in Athens. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Ahead of their first referendum in over 40 years, Greeks are bracing themselves for what polls indicate will be a knife-edge result and one that that (...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis  and his wife Danae (R) pictured attending an address by the Greek prime minister in  Athens on Friday. Photograph: Aris Messinisaris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Europe will lose a trillion euro if it allows Greece to go under, the country’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Saturday, accusing creditors(...)

Protestors gather at the Central Bank in Dublin in support of the Greek solidarity movement. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw 2:29

Thousands of protesters waved Greek flags as they marched from the Central Bank to the Dáil on Saturday afternoon in solidarity with Greece. “Athens (...)

Artist’s impression of the stadium for the the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Photograph:  Japan Sport Council/AFP

Five years from now, an audience of billions will be watching the Olympics from Tokyo. But even before a girder of the city’s new Olympic stadium has (...)

A man holds a placard depicting the story of David and Goliath at a demonstration in support of Greece, in Madrid last week – “It is sad indeed that this weekend, the Greek David in its confrontation with the Goliathesque champions of austerity is viewed with such contempt by the Irish government”. Photograph: Gerard Julien /AFP/Getty Images

Whatever about the Government’s disdain for Greece’s plight and what Syriza rightly identifies as the idiocy and unfairness of “extend and pretend”(...)

San Juan, Puerto Rico -    Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla addresses the island’s residents last week    about the       $73 billion debt crisis. He insisted that  the people on the island will have to sacrifice and share in the responsibilities for pulling the island out of debt. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman, in the New York Times, urges the Greeks to vote “No” in the referendum tomorrow. So does fellow laureate Joseph(...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister, leaves the finance ministry in Athens on Wednesday. He says he will resign if the voters back a Yes in referendum on Sunday. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

When I attended a major economics conference in Athens this time last year, I was struck by the mood of cautious optimism about the prospects for the (...)

Sisters Penny and Maria Vlachou, owners of the Greek snail farming company Fereikos Helix,  Korinthos, west of Athens. Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

As they crawled over each other inside the red netted bags into which they had been packed, into crates intended for export, the 250,000 molluscs in t(...)

Contrasting styles . . . Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Taoiseach Enda Kenny chat during a recent summit. Photograph: EPA/Julien Arnand.

The reckless and chaotic way the Syriza government is risking the future of the Greek people in a game of political poker it can’t win throws a favour(...)

Pedestrians walk along a road displaying an “OXI” or “No” campaign sign against bailout proposals in Athens, Greece, on Friday. Greece is divided  heading into Sunday’s referendum on European bailout proposals. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

These are the two words upon which Greece’s future path in the euro zone hinge tomorrow, when the surprise referendum called by prime minister Alexis (...)