President Michael D Higgins addresses a press conference at the Arraiolos group meeting of heads of states in  Athens on Friday. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/EPA

President urges ‘alternative negotiated approach’ to avoid ‘humanitarian agony’

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins on the first day of their visit to Greece in the city of Athens at the Stoa of Attalos. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President delivers wide-ranging speech in Athens, noting vulnerable Kurdish people

President Michael D Higgins is embraced by wheelchair user Mohammad Madiniaha during his visit to Eleonas refugee camp in Athens, Greece.  Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

President calls for action on vexatious migrant issue on visit to refugee camp in Athens

 President Michael D Higgins at the University of Athens where he received an honorary degree. Photograph: Maxwell

Higgins calls for culture and youth to be central in shaping the future of the EU

President Michael D Higgins and his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos inspect the presidental Evzoni guards, during the official welcome ceremony outside the presidental palace in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Gallagher says he is ‘very surprised’ at change of heart as President meets Greek leaders

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras welcomes President Michael D Higgins  in Athens during his state visit. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

President says those responsible for mistaken economic policies must take blame

In the past, President Higgins urged the EU to drop its “hegemonic” economic model or risk social upheaval. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Minister speaks ahead of the President’s three-day state visit to Athens

US president Barack Obama and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  in Athens on Tuesday. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

US president reiterates support for debt relief for Greece during visit to Athens

Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan at a detention centre in Lesbos protest on Tuesday against their impending deportation to Turkey. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The deportation of migrants from Greece to Turkey may be fast-tracked by an EU agency

Migrants board  a ferry in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos island, Greece, on April 4th.  Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Migrants express shock as first deportations take place under EU deal with Turkey

Frontex police escort migrants, who are being deported from Lesbos, on to a ferry before it returns to Turkey on April 4th, 2016 in Lesbos, Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Early morning operation sees two boats transfer first 138 deportees from Lesbos

Refugees and migrants queue to receive food in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

'We try to explain the situation to them but many remain hopeful the border will reopen'

Refugees and migrants   after disembarking  at the port of Piraeus, near Athens: Afghans were already excluded from the relocation scheme agreed in October that aims to resettle 160,000   refugees. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

A dangerous and expensive journey from Kabul has led only to an impasse in Greece

Migrants and refugees at the terminal in Piraeus port: Greece has developed into a bottleneck as more than 30,000 people try to get farther into the EU. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty

Desperate refugees and migrants are continuing to file through the port

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is held aloft after being re-elected. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A leading member of Greece’s Syriza party claims a radicalisation of Irish society was taking shape

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (left) said Ireland had rejected the policies of Fine Gael Minister for Finance.

Former Greek finance minister says ‘old regime is dead but the new regime is struggling to be born’

A Syrian refugee stands at the port of Piraeus  after  arriving in Athens on Thursday. More than 2,000 migrants and refugees arrived in the Greek capital that day. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Athens promises to open five more camps in north of country to accommodate migrants

Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: Not beloved by domestic audience.

Irish people advised to take dim view of former Greek finance chief’s election stance

 The “Volunteer Cook”: Rayyan Haries (26) from Malaysia gives food to thousands of migrants from his makeshift soup kitchen just yards from the beach in Lesbos

The death of three-year-old boy Syrian boy Alan Kurdi inspired many to go to Greece

Migrants arriving at the port of Mytilene on Lesbos: Since the start of this year, more than 500 people have drowned while trying to make the sea crossing between Turkey and Greece’s islands. Photograph: Stratis Balaskas/EPA

Capital’s cemetery can no longer accept the remains of those drowned fleeing war

The naming of Dimitris Kammenos as a junior minister emerged as the most contentious appointment, given the content of many of his commentaries on social media in recent years.

Selection of Greek government marred by allegations about Dimitris Kammenos

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: EU congratulated Tsipras  and said Greece has ‘no time to lose’ in implementing the reforms agreed as part of its international bailout. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers of Syriza-Independent Greeks coalition must begin introducing bailout measures

Leftist Syriza leader and winner of Greek general election Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as prime minister by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Syriza leader re-establishes ties with former coalition partner Independent Greeks

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece’s left-wing Syriza party. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Prime minister hails ‘people’s victory’ in election marked by historic low turnout

Greek voters returned Alexis Tsipras to power with a strong election victory on Sunday. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Leftist party may need a third coalition partner as bailout measures kick in

A man pushes his bicycle past pre-election posters of Syriza party and former prime minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Syriza leader says party must continue ‘fight on European battlefield’ ahead of election

Former Greek prime minister and Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras stands next to the leader of the main Greek conservative opposition ‘New Democracy’ party, Evangelos Meimarakis, prior to a TV debate. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Splinter group Popular Unity having little impact with New Democracy the main rival

Former Greek prime minister and leader of the left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras  smiles next to main opposition conservative New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis before a live pre-election televised debate on Monday. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

New Democracy candidate meeting people in their homes in bid to connect with voters

Banner with  image of former Greek prime minister and leader of Syriza party Alexis Tsipras at the party’s kiosk in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters/Files

Syriza and New Democracy discuss economy and foreign policy ahead of Sunday’s election

Evangelos Meimarakis, leader of the New Democracy Party of Greece: an accidental leader selling himself as a safe pair of hands. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Greece may opt for a safe pair of hands this time, in the New Democracy party

Vassilis Leventis built up a cult following among nocturnal TV viewers for his political talk show, where he railed against the corruption of the establishment

After many years ranting in the wilderness, Vassilis Leventis is beginning to look viable

Daniel Etter’s photograph of Syrian  Laith Majid hugging his daughter and son brought world’s focus to refugee plight showed the family landing in Greece. Mr Laith and his family have reached Berlin. Photograph:   Daniel Etter/New York Times/Redux/Eyevine

Image of Laith Majid hugging his children brought world’s focus to refugee plight

Refugees and migrants try to board a bus following their arrival onboard a  passenger ship at the port of Piraeus, near Athens.  Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Migrants and refugees waiting up to a fortnight for paperwork to be processed

 A young refugee rests with her family on  the Blue Star ferry bound for Athens from Kos. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

At least 12 Syrian refugees, including eight children, drowned heading for Kos

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned  on Thursday night in a calculated gamble to  rid himself of his party’s left flank. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Analysis: Greece’s former prime minister still popular despite summer of turmoil

Alexis Tsipras will be confronted by a ‘patriotic front’ of Syriza rebels. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

PM tells electorate of ‘moral and political obligation to submit to your judgment’

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is due to meet senior advisers  to discuss whether to call early elections. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Election will not just determine next government but future of Syriza itself

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras checks his watch as he delivers his speech at the end of the night parliamentary session in Athens

MPs bicker through the night over deal to keep country afloat

George Stathakis, Greece’s economy minister, and finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos, await the vote in parliament: in the last two bailout-related parliamentary votes, a quarter of Syriza MPs withheld their support from the government. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Deputies in Athens are expected to back the third bailout after long, acrimonious debate

Migrants comfort each other on reaching the Greek island of Kos. Last month, more than 7,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants  made the boat journey  to the popular tourist island. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Crisis eases as registration backlog cleared – but people continue to arrive

Despite obstacles  some were trying to put into Greece’s path, Alexis Tsipras said, he was optimistic “we will get to an agreement”. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou

Third deal involving €85 billion has been criticised by Germany’s finance ministry

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras confers with Syriza colleagues during the vote at the Greek parliament in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Talks with quartet of institutions expected to begin in Athens today

Demonstrators gather outside the Greek parliament during an anti-austerity rally in Athens on Wednesday evening, as MPs voted on a second package of emergency legislation demanded by Greece’s creditors. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Focus on whether other Syriza MPs will join dissenters in voting against government

Customer wait to enter a Eurobank Ergasias SA branch in Athens. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Controls restrict withdrawal levels and stop most transfers out of the country

Alexis Tsipras did not order the summary expulsions of rebel MPs in the immediate aftermath of the vote. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

There is fear of creating a schism within Greece’s ruling party

Petrol bombs burn beside riot police during demonstrations in front of the Greek parliament in Athens last night. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Prime minister loses parliamentary majority

ATM withdrawals are limited to €60, but some banks can run out of €20 notes, in effect making the limit €50. Photograph: Reuters

Greek banks have been closed for more than two weeks and are not due to reopen until Monday at the earliest

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras during his interview for ERT state television. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/AFP

In TV interview, Tsipras said EU summit in Brussels was a “sad night” for Europe

A woman burns the flag of the ruling party Syriza in front of the Greek parliament in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Some remain angry and defiant, while one insists Tsipras is not a traitor

Finn Maarit Willberg (55) and her Greek husband Stathis Bolanos (58)

‘Finns are honest and law-abiding but Greeks tend to do their own thing’

A man waves a Greek flag in front of the Greek parliament in Athens, during an anti-austerity demonstration last night. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Corinth voted No in a big way, and people seem resigned to tough times ahead for Greece

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and leader of the centre-left  Potami party Stavros Theodorakis in Athens on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Greek press see stark choice between euro and drachma by Sunday

The farmers market in Corinth, a city about an hour from Athens. One seller  gave away five chickens to elderly customers who said they couldn’t pay him.  “So that’s another €40 that I won’t see anytime soon,” he said. Photograph: Damian Mac Con Uladh

Squeeze brings unease – and pragmatism – at farmers market on day 10 of capital controls

Athenians enjoy their coffee at a cafe, two days after the referendum. Photograph:  Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Five years of austerity have made people resourceful in sourcing the right medicines

Newspaper headlines show the results of Greece’s referendum, in Athens, on July 6th. Photograph: Getty Images

A strong turnout saw citizens rally behind their prime minister and government

A defaced sign outside the Bank of Greece reads ‘Banque de Merkel’ outside the Bank of Greece in Athens. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Greek crisis: Business has ‘ground to halt since capital controls were introduced’

People celebrate in front of the Greek parliament as the people of Greece reject the debt bailout by creditors on July 6th, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Voters reject bailout, defying warnings ‘No’ result would set Athens on path out of euro

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras after placing his vote at a school in Athens. The sheer size of the No vote will make it difficult for European leaders to continue to play hardball with him. Photograph:  Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Greek prime minister must quickly rebuild trust with lenders and reopen the banks

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station in Athens on Sunday. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek prime minister says voters are sending a message of dignity and determination

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

Most of the country’s main newspapers have openly called for a Yes in the plebiscite

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

One-year-olds won’t be served up on foreign plates any time soon thanks to capital controls

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

OXI for many Greeks is a word symbolising national pride and defiance

A demonstrator wears No stickers (Oxi in Greek) during an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens, yesterday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Newspapers and TV are ignoring support for a No, one content analysis concludes

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras addresses  supporters during a  No campaign rally in Syntagma Square in preparation for Sunday’s referendum, on July 3rd, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Photograph:  Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Tsipras urges voters to reject terms of bailout agreement offered by creditors

Alexis Tsipras: blamed the European Central Bank for caving in to political pressure to halt the vital funding that the banks needed. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/ Bloomberg

Greek prime minister predicts he would secure new deal within 48 hours of referendum

The owner of a lottery and sports betting shop watches the Alexis Tsipras press conference in Athens on Wednesday.   Greece was being “blackmailed” and a No vote would be a “decisive step to a better agreement” with the country’s lenders, said Mr Tsipras. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Imposition of capital controls and bank closures will be key factors, analysts say

Pensioners sit in front of the Bank of Greece’s headquarters in Athens as they wait  withdraw  cash from their state pensions. Photograph: Louisa GouliamakiI/AFP/Getty Images

Greek banks facilitate the superannuation cash withdrawals that fuel households

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas delivers a televised address to the nation from his office at Maximos Mansion  in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Getty

Eurogroup to wait for the outcome of the Greece referendum before any further talks

Pro-euro protesters tussle with riot police at a rally in front of the Greek parliament building in  Athens on Tuesday night. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

‘We’ve had enough lies. We’re bankrupt, so we need help from the EU’

Protestors gather during a demonstration in support of the European Union (EU) in Athens, Greece on Tuesday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Last-minute appeal to extend second Greek programme rejected on Tuesday night

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras: “Greece remains at the negotiating table . . .” Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Yannis Dragasakis says government may yet make political decision to cancel plebiscite

Pro-Euro protesters hold a large European flag reading “Yes” in front of the parliament building in Athens on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Getty

Jeroen Dijsselbloem says country’s stance towards its creditors would have to change

The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  gives an interview to Greece’s state television ERT on Monday night in Athens. Alexis Tsipras answers questions raised by foreign leaders and to clarify Greek positions, as well as the events of the past few days. Photograph: Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Greek prime minister says he will ‘respect outcome’ of referendum

Giorgos, a 77-year-old pensioner from Athens, sits outside a branch of the National Bank of Greece as he waits along with dozens of other pensioners, hoping to get their pensions. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Angry people left standing outside bank with no access to their money

Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee in Iraklio in Crete. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

France trying to get Greece back into negotiations as bailout nears expiration

Riyan (30), a migrant from Somalia, is reunited with her wheelchair, the only possession she had with her after arriving on Tuesday on the Greek island of Lesvos by inflatable boat. She hopes to travel to Germany for surgery on a 15-year-old shooting wound in the back. Photograph: Nikolas Georgiou

Lesvos is doing its best to help huge numbers of refugees seeking a safer life in Europe

Billboard in central Athens: Greece aims for a deal with creditors, but will not back down on red-line issues. photograph: reuters/alkis konstantinidis Photograph: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

Tsipras is optimistic a deal can be reached, but few in Europe agree

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis:  “The question is if we have compromised our basic principle. And the answer is a big, fat no.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Greek finance minister insists deal with troika has not compromised his leftist principles

National Bank of Greece  in Athens: Greece obtained a provisional deal from euro-area finance ministers. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Greece to submit reforms for approval by lenders

Greece’s new government led by Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras poses outside the Greek parliament. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty Images

The change sweeping through Greece may have a ripple effect

Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left), head of the euro zone finance ministers’ group, and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their press conference  in Athens on Friday. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Reuters

Syriza election platform must be respected, says finance minister Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s incoming finance minister. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Tsipras says main priorities the economy, creditors and country’s humanitarian crisis

Greece’s newly appointed finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on a street in Athens on January 27th, 2015. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Economics professor Yanis Varoufakis influenced by Keynes - with traces of Marx

A supporter runs towards Syriza leader and new Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras as he walks in Athens. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Cabinet to be sworn in as Syriza strikes coalition deal with Independent Greeks

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s youngest prime minister in 150 years, broke with tradition for his swearing-in. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Victorious Syriza leader opts out of traditional religious ceremony to give civil oath of office, but makes a point of informing A(...)

Head of Greece’s Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to supporters after winning the elections in Athens. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

‘There will be no rupture, but no continuation of subjugation either,’ says Alexis Tsipras

Leader of incoming radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras is greeted by a sea of supporters in Athens.  Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

A populace weary of harsh austerity has chosen to change direction

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras: described as a warm, talkative and witty personality, who likes being around people. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images.

Profile: leader poised to be Greece’s first leftist premier and youngest in living memory

Supporters with Greek flags wait to hear Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras address an election rally at an indoor stadium in Athens yesterday. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters.

Former Samaras adviser says fear tactic may backfire as Syriza holds 6-point poll lead

 Athens, Greece: polls indicate a left-wing party which wants to repudiate Greek loans will take power

Eurogroup chief says room to manoeuvre if new government honours its agreements

Supporters in Athens hear Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party speak at a pre-election rally ahead of this weekend’s general election in Greece. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Greece will make history, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras tells final rally ahead of general election

Golden Dawn party’s Ilias Panagiotaros delivers a speech during a rally in Athens last May. The far right party aims to become  Greece’s third political force in the elections on January 25th. Photograph: Reuters

Golden Dawn’s jailed leader Nikos Michaloliakos addresses rally in the northern Greek city of Thessalonikirally by phone

A man reads a newspaper in Athens as the election looms on Sunday. Many are looking to leftist party Syriza to reverse anti-austerity policies. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Fundraiser is shipping home subset of Greece’s diaspora to vote

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has ruled out forming a coalition with Potami. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Left-wing Syriza has boxed itself into a corner, says centrist Potami candidate

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, pauses during a pre-election party congress in Athens, Greece, on Saturday. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Winning over hearts and minds is crucial if Syriza is to win the majority it covets

Leader of the Syriza party Alexis Tsipras: “MPs from democratic opposition parties have proved that democracy cannot be blackmailed despite pressures or even conspiracies.” Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

IMF suspends bailout negotiations with country until new administration formed

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends the vote at the Greek parliament in Athens today. His coalition got the support of 168 of the parliament’s 300 MPs, 12 fewer than required. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Government needs 12-vote swing in ballot to avoid snap general election

Former EU commissioner Stavros Dimas, the Greek government’s candidate in the country’s presidential election. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

€3m offered for support of government presidential candidate, says opposition MP

Greece’s prime minister and leader of New Democracy party Antonis Samaras: made  a surprise announcement that he was bringing the election for a new head of state forward by two months. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

New Democracy party must have candidate elected or face snap election

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