News Far-right party Golden Dawn is expected to perform well in municipal and European Parliament elections

Athens plays centre stage to a worrying political development

AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis celebrates by giving the Nazi salute to spectators after scoring the winning goal in his team's 2-1 Super League victory over Veria

Greek footballer Giorgos Katidis denies being a Nazi after 'fascist salute'

Highly-rated midfielder fears he has 'put an end to his career'

Otto Rehhagel: The German coach is so revered by Greeks that he was made an honorary citizen of Athens

German football coach Otto Rehhagel will lead
'charm offensive' to restore Berlin's image in Greece and Cyprus

Otto Rehhagel, the German football coach who led Greece to victory in the 2004 European Championships was unmasked as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest weapon in a campaign to restore Berlin’s tattered image in Greece and Cyprus.

Greek footballer's Nazi salute: Katidis is probably not a fascist. But he is certainly an idiot

The player's insistence that he did not know the meaning of the gesture seems ridiculous

Giorgos Katidis gives what appears to be a fascist salute after scoring his side's winning goal against Veria, as his Brazilian team mate Roger Guerreiro looks on

Is it possible that the Greek footballer handed ban after Nazi salute didn't know what he was doing?

A footballer has been handed a life ban from all national teams in Greece after he appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic

There are some lovely things in it, and there's one riotous surge of profane comic energy, but a faint sense of disappointment lingers over this much-anticipated reunion of director Tom Morris and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, the team that conquered the world with the wondrous War Horse.

Coke bottler's move approved

UK authorities have approved a voluntary share exchange that will allow the Greek Coke bottler Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCH) to move from Greece to Switzerland and list in London.

Hollywood: Variety's daily edition gets ankled

Famous film trade mag Variety is adapting for the web by killing off its daily print edition in favour of a once-a-week edition and removing its online paywall. In its honour here are some of its best inside-Hollywood lexicographical inventions (dubbed slanguage):

Firefight with prison guards foils convicted murderer's dramatic helicopter escape from jail

Panagiotis Vlastos attempted to break out of prison using a chartered helicopter full of heavily armed men

Betfair pulls its plans for Greek venture as it 'won't be a winner'

The odds are that setting up a betting business in Greece won't make much money, Betfair said yesterday as it withdrew plans to enter the country.

German opposition urge Chancellor Angela Merkel to be 'honest' on Greece

Ms Merkel was called to address the German parliament hours after a key meeting of European finance ministers failed to reach agreement on ways of bringing down Greece’s debt mountain

Greek bailout delayed despite vote

The next tranche of bailout cash cannot be released next week, even though the Greek parliament narrowly backed more unpopular austerity measures yesterday.

Editorial: Costas Vaxevanis – a Greek hero for our times

Remember the name Costas Vaxevanis. He is the Greek journalist who has just been committed for trial for breaching the country's privacy legislation. His supposed crime? Publishing the names of 2,000 of his fellow countrymen who hold Swiss bank accounts with HSBC. It is hard to second-guess other people's judicial systems, but if ever there was a case for invoking a public interest defence, this is surely it. That list represents a microcosm of the lax law enforcement, rampant tax evasion and sheer cheating that combined to bring the Greek economy low and imperil the euro.

Protesters greet Ms Merkel with Nazi salutes

Greek police fire tear gas as 40,000 vent a nation's anger during Merkel's visit

Crowds burn swastikas and throw rocks at officers in Athens as they blame Germany for austerity crisis

A pensioner confronts riot police in scuffles over austerity measures near EU offices in Athens yesterday

Greek riot police deploy for Merkel's first post-crisis visit

German Chancellor urged by her party not to increase bailout as Greece struggles to pay debts

Sixth year of recession looms for Greece

The Greek government expects a sixth year of recession, with the economy predicted to contract by 3.8 per cent in 2013, according to a draft budget submitted to parliament yesterday.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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