Greece

A Greek tragedy: how the EU is destroying a country

6 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Now Greece can finally turn the page in a crisis that has lasted too long. The worst is over.’ With…

View of the Balos beach on the Gramvousa peninsula, northwestern Crete Island on July 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The joy of a Greek summer

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Some jerk know-nothing writes in an unreadable American newspaper that Greece is back — Athens, actually. He would, he’s an…

Greece Notebook

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I have come to Greece in search of sanity over Brexit. Ostensibly it is a symposium to discuss relations between…

High life

5 August 2017 9:00 am

I’ve stayed far away from the new barbarians with their choppers, tank-like cars, home theatres on board, and fridge-shaped super…

Smokers are paying for your pension

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Axa will no longer invest in the tobacco industry: the French insurance giant will sell €184 million of shares and…

What the people-smugglers of Istanbul make of the EU’s deal with Turkey

19 March 2016 9:00 am

 Istanbul Shops in a rundown neighbourhood sell fake life jackets to refugees planning to brave the Aegean Sea. Last year,…

Athens today makes me long for an EU bigwig to strangle

12 March 2016 9:00 am

   Athens I am walking around downtown Athens watching as thousands of migrants field pitches from smugglers offering alternative routes…

Why the World Service is worth every penny

5 March 2016 9:00 am

What makes the World Service so different from the rest of the BBC? I asked Mary Hockaday, the controller of…

Moral sainthood is a bore; sinners are much more fun

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad I had the rather subversive idea of offering a six-figure sum to Oriel College, Oxford. On one condition: that…

The King of Greece tells it like it really was

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Athens Viewed from Mars, this is a sunny, peaceful city. Up close, however, things ain’t what they used to be.…

It’ll be me vs Jean-Claude Juncker at the Judo World Championships

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Gstaad Jeremy Clarke has wiped me out again, for a change. His accounts of the high jinks on board the…

Portrait of the week

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Andrew Burnham described calls from Yvette Cooper, a rival candidate for the Labour leadership, for him to withdraw from…

Outdoor piano bars can be dangerous things — especially when one is under the influence

22 August 2015 9:00 am

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday, which is the bad news. But it’s…

Portrait of the week

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Home The Metropolitan Police encouraged people to celebrate VJ Day despite reports in the Mail on Sunday (picked up from…

Mykonos has turned into hell (I still blame Jackie Kennedy)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The wind is maddening and constant, and gets stronger as the sun falls below the horizon. The streets are lined…

What Greece needs is less Europe and more entrepreneurship

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Nestled under the Acropolis, snug and safe among the ancient ruins of a long-ago grandeur, Plaka is the only remaining…

I remember Nikkei’s journalistic values – and I’m not sure they’re much like the FT’s

1 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s nearly 30 years since I worked in Japan, but I still have a few words of the language and…

Paul Mason's Postcapitalism is proof that the left is out of ideas

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The literary emissions of the left are hardly ever enjoyable, but they can be instructive. Last year Thomas Piketty’s Capital…

Lesbos: the tourist island where half Greece's migrants land

1 August 2015 9:00 am

 Lesbos A young woman in a headscarf stumbled over some rocks and onto the beach. She stood there, rigid, stunned,…

Portrait of the week

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Home Parents would be able to have their children’s passports removed if they were suspected of planning to travel abroad…

Letters: The Assad option, and a pre-nup for Taki

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Don’t write off Assad Sir: Ahmed Rashid refers to our ‘Arab allies’ supporting al-Qaeda (‘The plan to back al-Qaeda against…

How British universities spread misery around the world

25 July 2015 9:00 am

So farewell, Yanis Varoufakis. You used to be Greece’s finance minister. Then you resigned, or were you sacked? You took…

The Greece I once knew is now just a myth

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I think back to my Greek childhood and longing for the once cosiest and most romantic of cities overwhelms me.…

Portrait of the week

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Home The government postponed a Commons vote on relaxing the Hunting Act in England and Wales after the Scottish National…

Some good came out of the negotiating chamber this week, but it concerned Iran rather than Greece

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As an occasional lecturer on the abstruse topic of the efficacy of sanctions in conflict resolution, I find myself much…