Golden Dawn

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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(...)

Golden Dawn party’s Ilias Panagiotaros delivers a speech during a rally in Athens last May. The far right party aims to become  Greece’s third political force in the elections on January 25th. Photograph: Reuters

It’s doubtful whether the rally’s organisers intended the analogy, but the sight of rows of people staring at an empty stage and breaking into chants (...)

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends the vote at the Greek parliament in Athens today. His coalition got the support of 168 of the parliament’s 300 MPs, 12 fewer than required. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Greek MPs failed to elect a new state president today in a ballot that leaves the governing coalition the formidable task of securing a dozen more (...)

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras (second from right) is calling for immediate elections in Greece. Photograph: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek people are inured to uncertainty. The Greek word abebaios means “without a foundation, unsafe”. It suggests that uncertainty emanates from a (...)

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg delivers his keynote speech at the party’s spring conference in York. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

British voters are being offered “bile” and “the politics of blame” by the UK Independenc(...)

Supporters of ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn hold party flags and Greek flags at a   demonstration in Athens on February 1st. There is a scale of resentment within Greek society,  with Golden Dawn and the anarchist sects at either extreme. Photograph:   Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Between 1922 and 1974 Greece experienced nine coups and counter-coups, a civil war and three periods of dictatorship, the last being that of “the Colo(...)

A police forensics expert searches for evidence outside  Golden Dawn offices in a suburb of Athens following a shooting on Friday. Reuters/John Kolesidis

Greek counter-terrorism experts are hoping that a man who survived a drive-by shooting at a branch of the far-right Golden Dawn party in Athens will h(...)

Extreme-right Golden Dawn party senior lawmaker Christos Pappas is escorted by anti-terrorism police officers to a courthouse in Athens Oearlier this month. Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

She first got into politics in Greece last year - when she claims she bought herself a bullet-proof vest and learned how to beat up immigrants with p(...)

Leader of extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Mihaloliakos: has been arrested  on charges of founding a criminal organisation. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Greek police arrested the leader, two MPs and party members from the far-right Golden Dawn party today, and charged one member with being an accomplic(...)

Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of Golden Dawn, last month referred to two Greek citizens, sons of Nigerian immigrants, as “chimpanzees”. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

A report in these columns in July that an Italian senator had referred to the black Italian minister for integration as an “orangutan” should not give(...)

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