Greece

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015 9:00 am

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall…

The eurozone: chronicle of a failure foretold

7 March 2015 9:00 am

A bloated eurozone is bad for bond markets

A reliable escape: Mikrolimano

Grim, generous, decaying and hip: the paradoxical charms of Athens

7 March 2015 9:00 am

My first visit to Athens as a student gave me a set of impressions that the present crisis has only…

Old age is not for sissies

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The secret of eternal youth, according to Alice Roosevelt Longworth, is arrested development, and the penny dropped last week. The…

Paul Mason’s diary: My Greek TV drama

28 February 2015 9:00 am

It’ll be a Skype interview, says the producer from Greek television, and not live. In TV-speak that usually means not…

Let Greece leave the eurozone

21 February 2015 9:00 am

To listen to Greek government ministers addressing the outside world during their breaks from negotiations with eurozone leaders this week,…

Bet on a swift Grexit

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another…

The future was looking bleak for a poor little Greek Boy who had turned 30, but then I met Arnaud de Borchgrave

21 February 2015 9:00 am

I hate to start with a cliché, but Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d’Altena, who died in Washington DC last week,…

Taki’s recipe for the survival of the Greek nation

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s economic constipation. The bad is that…

Portrait of the week

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Home Party leaders mercilessly launched 100 days of campaigning before the general election on 7 May. David Cameron, the Conservative…

Nigel Farage’s diary: How I survived Dry January

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had…

Syriza could have learned from Aristophanes. Instead it's headed for Greek tragedy

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The German chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her desire for Greece to remain part of the European ‘story’. Since Greeks…

What’s good about austerity (whatever the Greeks think)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The only question I remember from my Oxford moral philosophy paper was ‘What is integrity and is it a virtue?’…

Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015 9:00 am

For Angela Merkel, it’s a crisis. For David Cameron, it’s an opportunity

Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens…

The eurozone is strong enough to kick out Greece if Syriza wins

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

Beauty in ruins: the Temple of Isis on Delos

Visiting the Greek islands in a reverse Tardis

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In Huddersfield, where I grew up, a town-centre department store boasted a ‘cruise wear’ section. In the window display the…

Europe will reconcile with Russia, and soon. It can’t afford not to

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The West will have to drop sanctions on Russia – or face another global economic crash

Anthony Horowitz’s diary: Keeping James Bond’s secrets for the Smersh of publishing

11 October 2014 9:00 am

It was quite fun being named as the new writer of 007 — although actually I’d make a lousy spy.…

My ghosts of Athens; a shooting and a royal wedding

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Athens This grimy semi-Levantine ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. There is a turn-of-the-century apartment…

Spectator letters: The best ‘never’ ever is in the Declaration of Arbroath Plus: BST for England, the problem for social workers, and C.P. Snow was not cold

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Never say never Sir: Dot Wordsworth (Mind your language, 20 September) quotes various telling usages of ‘never’ for rhetorical or…

When Rachel Cusk went to Greece: would she be nice or nasty?

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Last year in Athens, rumours raced about Rachel Cusk’s creative writing classes at the British Council. Some of the (mostly…

Peter Levi – poet, priest and life-enhancer

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Hilaire Belloc was once being discussed on some television programme. One of the panellists was Peter Levi. The other critics…

How dare they sell the beaches where I played as a child

16 August 2014 9:00 am

 Porto Cheli Nothing is moving, not a twig nor a leaf, and I find myself missing the cows, the mountains…

Greece is calling – three more years and then I move south

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Porto Cheli I have been thinking about my children and my own strange boyhood as I gaze up at the…