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Athens plays centre stage to a worrying political development

Spain shows it 'gets it'

All eyes were once again on Madrid and Athens as protesters crowded the streets and politicians tried to convince markets and the populace that they had a route out of the crisis: "We know what we have to do, and since we know it, we're doing it," said the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as the details of his government's emergency budget started to emerge.

Firebombs explode in front of riot police during clashes yesterday

Day of rage in Greece as more stringent cuts loom

With wages, pensions and healthcare under threat, protesters flood the streets of Athens

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras embraces Jean-Claude Juncker in Athens yesterday

This is your last chance to keep reform promises, Greece is told

Prime Minister Samaras pleads for breathing space but has little room for manoeuvre

James Lawton: Crestfallen captain finds defiance is not enough as dream dies

Greene looked like a man who had run into a nightmare – or a timewarp

Tony Mokbel: Known as 'Fat Tony', he fled to Athens aboard a private yacht, where he oversaw drug sales worth millions of pounds before his arrest and extradition

'Fat Tony', the Melbourne mafia's Mr Big, gets 30 years of porridge

Drug baron even named one of his racehorses Frosty the Snowman – a slang term for drugs

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So Greece votes against departing from the eurozone and embracing devaluation hell. Hurrah. Holidaymakers can return to Paxos or Lindos, safe in the knowledge that the currency won't go all funny while they're in mid-bouzouki dance. Foodies can explore Greek suppers again without wondering if dolmades and feta exports are going to dry up.

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PM takes swipes at both Fernandez and French tax laws as G20 gets off to a fractious first round of talks

Antonis Samaras, leader of the New Democracy party, waves to supporters

Antonis Samaras: The 'lightweight' who must lead his nation to stability

Samaras must prove himself at home and in Europe

Fire crews tackle major blaze near to Athens

A major fire south of the Greek capital is raging for the second day, with gale-force winds hampering firefighting efforts.

Greek far-right politician Ilias Kasidiaris sues the woman he assaulted

The Greek far-right politician who caused an uproar last week by slapping one female politician on live television and throwing a glass of water at another launched a lawsuit against the women and the channel that hosted the show.

A man pushes a cart through central Athens

Greece: Out of cash, out of hope

As politicians wrangle, the daily reality of the eurozone crisis is driving Greeks to despair

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David Beckham in attendance as Olympic flame handed over to London

The Olympic Flame was handed over to London today.

Greece MPs take power - for one day

The 300 MPs elected in Greece's inconclusive May 6 ballot were sworn in today, including 21 from the right-wing Golden Dawn party.

The IMF is asking for more money to protect against an intensification of the euro’s problems, which have centred on Greece, where protests continue against austerity measures

Dominic Lawson: Saving the euro is a pipe-dream when the continent is so divided

What began with solidarity is ending in blackmail threats. Everyone associated with the acceptance of Greece into the eurozone knew that it had fiddled its budgetary figures to appear compliant with the terms of the Maastricht treaty that set up the euro; but this was thought of minor importance compared to the greater mystical truth of pan-European harmony via common banknotes. The non-compliant Italians had earlier been let in to the club for the same reason, so the argument went: why discriminate against our Greek cousins, descendants of the very inventors of democracy?

Demonstrators clash with riot police in Athens

Pensioner suicide in Greece triggers violent clashes

A Greek retiree has shot himself dead in Athens' main square, blasting politicians over the country's financial crisis in a suicide note that triggered violent clashes hours later between police and anti-austerity protesters.

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