Protesters clash with riot police in Athens on Sunday during a demonstration against the agreement with Skopje to rename neighbouring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police outside parliament in Athens on Sunday during a rally that drew tens of thousands of people demonstrating against the (...)

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.(...)

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony at Olympia in Greece: there are two Greeces: “the Greece whose glory everyone wants to restore – classical, democratic, philosophical, heroic – and the Greece on the map”. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

In his 1969 play The Mundy Scheme, Brian Friel asked “What happens to an emerging country after it has emerged?” I think I’ve found Greece’s answer. (...)

 Alexis Tsipras: succeeded in maintaining his position as prime minister despite signing up to a vastly more punitive austerity programme than anything that had been envisaged at the beginning of the year. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

It was shortly before 9am on July 13th when bleary-eyed euro zone leaders emerged to face the waiting media. Following a marathon 17-hour EU summit,(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (C) waves at  the end of the European People’s Party Statuary Congress in Madrid on October 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Outgoing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the Army was close to being deployed to protect the banks and ATM mach(...)

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has been elected as vice president of the European People’s Party. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has been elected as vice president of the European People’s Party (EPP), one of 10 centre-right politicians (...)

Greek yogurt and honey: Greece won an international court case recently to protect the names of   Greek yogurt and feta cheese as distinctly Greek products

In 2012 Michael Noonan said that Irish people knew little of Greece except for the feta cheese on supermarket shelves. Condescending though the remark(...)

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

Syriza Leader: Alexis Tsipras In contrast to the general election he won eight months ago, a more sombre Alexis Tsipras is now leading into battle a w(...)

Supporters of the No campaign react during the results of the referendum in Athens. Photograph: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA

Greece’s ruling Syriza party hailed the overwhelming result as a triumph for its anti-austerity stance, while recriminations among Greek conservative(...)

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

The European Union entered uncharted waters on Sunday night after Greek voters emphatically rejected an international bailout, defying warnings that a(...)

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