Alexis Tsipras

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Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany in August. Clemens Bilan/EPA

The 19th century American historian Henry Adams may have exaggerated when he called politics “the systematic organisation of hatreds”. In a country l(...)

Yanis Varoufaki  greets supporters during his main pre-election rally in central Athens on Friday. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Remember Greece’s leather-clad, motorcycle-riding finance minister who clashed repeatedly with his hardline German counterpart during the standoff ov(...)

Greece’s new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with his predecessor Alexis Tsipras on Monday. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Greece’s outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has handed over power to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker who navigated the centre-right New Dem(...)

Greece’s opposition party New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis: describes himself as a progressive and says he will place untested technocrats in prominent positions once in government. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

As the sun sets over the Acropolis, bathing the monument in the gentle light of a dying day, Kyriakos Mitsotakis ascends the podium, punching the air (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a joint news conference in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Investors taking a punt on the most-indebted nation in Europe are being rewarded. Greek bonds have returned over 20 per cent this year to those willi(...)

 People visit the archaeological site of the ancient Temple of Zeus, a symbol of ‘the glory that was Greece’, in Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

I was told recently that the Greek community in Ireland disapproves of me because I am not a true “philhellene” – meaning, someone who loves Greece – (...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades: has expressed “utmost satisfaction”with the EU’s  supportive stance. Photograph: Julian Warnand

The European Council’s willingness to contemplate measures against Turkey over its illegal drilling for natural gas off the coast of Cyprus has been m(...)

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(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Presidential Palace following a meeting with Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss elections in Athens. Photograph: Costas Baltas/Reuters

Greece is on track for a general election on July 7th, three months ahead of schedule, after the president accepted a request from prime minister Alex(...)

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