Greece

Greece’s secret weapon: Grexit would hurt Merkel most

27 June 2015 9:00 am

German chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most formidable politician in Europe, but this week she lost a bit…

Greece should remember the lesson of Black Wednesday

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The campaign to keep Greece in the euro has resulted in five years of groundhog days. The unfortunate country seems…

Portrait of the week

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Talha Asmal, aged 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died in a suicide bomb attack on forces near an oil…

The dinner where laissez-faire banking died

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s deadline did not allow me to report from ringside at the Mansion House dinner, but there was so…

Putting Greece on a sound footing is like cleaning out the Augean Stables

13 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing to add to Martin Vander Weyer’s item about Hellas of two weeks ago in these here pages except…

Portrait of the week

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, toured Europe trying to gain support for reforms to favour Britain’s position in the…

Charles Moore’s notes: Does Chuck Blazer exist?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

We in the West all hate Sepp Blatter, so we pay too little attention to the manner in which the…

Portrait of the week

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Home A Bill to enable a referendum on whether voters wanted Britain to ‘remain’ in the European Union figured in…

Which behaved worse: callous Thomas Cook or cynical Barclays?

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Which is worse, morally and reputationally — to be Thomas Cook, shamed by its refusal to show proper human concern,…

Portrait of the week

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Home The country went to the polls. David Cameron, the Conservative leader, prepared by going around with his sleeves rolled…

Why Yanis Varoufakis is my politician of the year

9 May 2015 9:00 am

After the heat of battle: the accolades, the recriminations, the telling of history by the victors. It’s six months early…

Portrait of the week

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into…

Portrait of the week

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Tony Blair, the former prime minister, opposed a referendum on membership of the EU. In a speech at Sedgefield…

A Greek default is coming – as soon as next month

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Bored with the election? Switch over to the Greek debt drama. In this week’s cliffhanger, silver-tongued finance minister Yanis Varoufakis…

Here’s what a real reform of business rates would look like

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Of all the measures talked up ahead of the Budget, the reannouncement of a ‘radical’ review of the business rates…

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…

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…