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New Democracy  party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis exits the polling booth amid voting for the second round of local elections, in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Constantina Peppa/Reuters

The hefty vote for opposition party New Democracy (ND) in Greece’s local and European polls has precipitated a general election scheduled for July 7th(...)

Fireworks explode above the ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during New Year celebrations. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

A Greek correspondent asks why I don’t write more positively about the spirited achievements and fortitude of Greek people in the face of economic, po(...)

Protesters clash with riot police outside the Athens parliament building over planned government reforms, on January 12th, 2018. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

“Greece is a land where you can fool none of the people none of the time” wrote an American observer in 1944. He attributed this to the “lightning-lik(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: Continual change of direction is almost de rigueur in Greece, where adherence to the past can be fatal. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

For decades it has been agreed by politicians and educationalists that the Greek school and university system needs to be reformed. But, as with so ma(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton is congratulated after she addressed the Labour Party conference at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath on January 30th. Photograph: PA

In many ways, how Labour performs will be a central question of this election. Fine Gael looks set to post a good performance that will see it as the (...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, at a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

It was (to paraphrase Dickens) the best of years, it was the worst of years. On January 25th last year Greeks elected their first ever left-wing (as d(...)

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

Greeks are facing the dilemma of whether they want their country to return to the past or to continue on the new path he has taken it on, the leader o(...)

Alexis Tsipras, who has resigned as Greek prime minister, with new caretaker prime minister Vassiliki Thanou. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov

Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party will emerge as the biggest party in next month’s election but without the majority (...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: the  combative academic was sacked as finance minister last month after alienating euro zone counterparts with his lecturing style and divisive words. File photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Yanis Varoufakis will not take part in “sad” elections expected next month in Greece and will instead focus on setting up a new movement to “restore d(...)

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

It’s mid-August. In any normal Greek summer, political life would have ground to a halt, politicians, the journalists who hover around them and muc(...)

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