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

Greek strikes greet debt inspectors

Strikes and demonstrations over government cuts hit Athens today as international debt inspectors returned to continue examining the reforms.

Eurozone bailout fund downgraded

Fears of another acute crisis in the eurozone eased somewhat yesterday despite the area's official bailout fund seeing its own credit rating downgraded, following the marking down of nine EU nations debt last week.

Greek bondholders warn of obstacles to deal after talks

The group representing private-sector holders of Greek bonds has warned that obstacles to a deal on a voluntary debt exchange remain unresolved and time is "running short".

Christine Lagarde met Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday

Time is running out for Greece to avoid default

Chancellor Angela Merkel met the International Monetary Fund's managing director Christine Lagarde in Berlin yesterday for talks dominated by the worsening Greek debt crisis and Athens's race against time to avoid a disorderly default in little over two months time

Ben Chu: Europe needs to wake up to Greece's unsustainable debt

Economic Life: They had the devil's own job persuading banks to accept a 50 per cent writedown

Lucas Papademos has won a confidence vote in parliament with a comfortable majority

Greek PM Lucas Papademos in talks with unions

Greece's prime minister is due to hold talks with labour unions and trade federations ahead of a crucial visit by the country's debt inspectors while Athens negotiates the terms of a second multimillion-euro international bailout.

Ellie Simmonds: 'Three more Games after London would be good. I want to be recognisable'

Golden girl aiming to be the next Grey-Thompson

Ellie Simmonds already has two Paralympic golds but she knows 2012 will be the pinnacle of her swimming career. Not that she plans to stop after that, she tells Robin Scott-Elliot

Greece is waiting for news on its new leaders and EU bailout

Greeks locked in search for coalition leader

Public anger and lack of leadership has created a gridlock between the main parties

'He's either mad – or a genius'

As fast as the headlines exploded yesterday, they were swept away by developments in a country that thought it had exhausted its capacity for "chaos" and "crisis".

Skopelos: Subtle charms of a wild isle

Skopelos is difficult and brooding, but this authentic Greek outcrop never fails to seduce, says Stephen Bayley

Grief-stricken SAS hero dies, aged 62

The former SAS soldier who was seen on television leading the raid that ended the 1980 Iranian embassy siege in London has died. John McAleese, 62, was said by his family to have died of a broken heart, two years after his son, Serjeant Paul McAleese, 29, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

92 Acharnon Street, By John Lucas

You know you're in safe hands when the author details the defects of his Athenian flat for a lecturing stint in 1984: no light, no hot water, stench from the butcher's shop next door, frantic sexual activity in the flat above and traffic. Intriguingly given recent events, Lucas notes, "Nobody ever declared their full earnings.

Greece bans short sales for third time

Short-selling will be banned on the Athens stock exchange for two months from today, Greece's financial regulator said in an effort to stem a stockmarket slump last night.

My Edinburgh: Dave Gorman, comedian

Something odd happens to performers during the Fringe. They lose any sense of perspective. For three weeks they become even more self-obsessed than normal. When you understand what they're putting themselves through it's easy to see why. The financial commitment alone is scary. In order to bring up a show many comics take on debts that would scare Greece. (Maybe that's why they call it the Athens of the North). No wonder we think it's all about us.

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