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(...)

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(...)

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

Greek MPs face another day-long marathon vote to pass another of raft of legislation needed for the country to secure a recently-agreed third €85 b(...)

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

After a briefest of campaigns that lasted just eight days, Greeks voted by a huge margin to back their prime minister and government in Sunday’s hasti(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) who has ruled out a haircut for Greece’s €320 billion debt. The new Syriza-led coalition in Greece - headed by Alexis Tsipras (right) has rejected any further dealings with the troika. Photographs: AFP

German chancellor Angela Merkel and her finance minister have ruled out a debt haircut for Greece, rejecting the new Greek government’s demand to wri(...)

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

Greece has rejected any further dealings with the troika, sparking fears of major tensions in negotiations with Europe in the weeks ahead and poten(...)