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Piraeus container terminal near Athens, Greece. Chinese investment in Greece is huge, most obvious in the  ownership of Piraeus port, the busiest in the Mediterranean.  Photograph: Reuters

The most important industry in Greece today is tourism. Some would say that, with the lack of manufacturing industries or a financial services centre,(...)

Rocks block part of a road following an earthquake in Aspropirgos, near Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattled the Greek capital Athens on Friday, briefly knocking out power and telecommunications in parts of the city and sen(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaking to the press before   a meeting of EU foreign ministers  in Brussels on Monday, March 19th. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

When EU foreign ministers met on Monday the UK, in the form of foreign secretary Boris Johnson, turned up to look for a bit of solidarity over the Sa(...)

Ruth Gallagher (right),  visiting the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio with Irish friends Claire Flynn and Lisa Foley

Ruth Gallagher grew up in Rathmines in Dublin and moved to London after finishing a law degree at Trinity College. “I got offered a training contrac(...)

A branch of Attica Bank in Athens: the effect on Greek self-confidence of the ongoing Attica saga is far-reaching. Photograph: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

If history did not continually repeat itself, we would be unable to learn its lessons. Consider this: “There is nothing that can be done about Greece.(...)

France has lived up to those powerful words ‘Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite’ and has somehow plucked me from despair and given me and many others reason to hope.

“You have been recognised as a refugee. Your status will be governed by the Provisions of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 relating to the status(...)

Taking a selfie before the marble Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, home of the first modern Olympics in 1896, illuminated in yellow and green, in honour of Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Reuters

When I remarked recently to a non-Greek cafe owner that the Greek economy was banjaxed, he replied “Why should I care?” This, from someone largely dep(...)

A person holds a picture of the priest Jacques Hamel outside Rouen’s cathedral during the funeral of the priest who was killed in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26th. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

I am so angry about events of the past few weeks. On the one hand Europe – particularly France – is seeing only now, for the first time at close quart(...)

A child runs among containers at the port of Piraeus, where nearly 1,500 refugees and migrants live at a makeshift camp or in passenger areas, in Athens on July 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis

The last few weeks have been strange. In a different way. I’ve had good news but it’s unsettled me. I am being relocated to France. As I understand it(...)

A woman and baby in Piraeus, where refugees and migrants live at a makeshift camp or in passenger areas. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP Photo

In March, the UN’s special representative on migration and development, Peter Sutherland, said Europe’s response to the migrant need had been complete(...)

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