Greece

Greece vs Turkey: tensions are rising in the Mediterranean

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Greece and Turkey are in a battle for hegemony

How busy have restaurants been this summer?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The other Argos The Argos catalogue, known as the ‘Book of Dreams’, is no longer to appear in printed form.…

Lives of luxury for Sparta’s women

4 July 2020 9:00 am

History is full of ‘ifs’ and the Spartan story fuller than most. If the 300 had not made their famous…

The way Greece has conducted itself in this pandemic is an example to us all

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Aristophanes was a comic genius long before the Marx Brothers, but he also gave good advice to the Athenians: stop…

My bid to boost my carbon footprint

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Inspired by Harry and Meghan I decided to get on a plane. I hadn’t been anywhere for so long it…

How Athenians would have broken the Brexit deadlock

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It is said that our political system is ‘broken’ simply because the passions aroused by Brexit have effectively created a…

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Standing on the Acropolis brings out the Greek in me

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Athens I am struggling up the slippery marble steps of the Acropolis with the Geldofs and the Bismarcks. We gaze…

Lunch on Leonard Cohen Island: The Pirate Bar reviewed

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The Pirate Bar is an oddity, even for this column: a bar and restaurant themed in homage to a pirate,…

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

Tantrums and a top-notch tabbouleh: Ergon House in Athens reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Ergon House is an epicurean boutique hotel in downtown Athens. (I quote the blurb — I never write ‘boutique’ willingly.)…

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

The Turkey-EU deal will do nothing to fix the migrant crisis. Just ask the people-smugglers in Istanbul

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…