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

Lenders head to Greece as Europe holds back loan

International lenders are making an unexpected visit to Athens to check on its resolve to implement painful austerity plans that have caused weeks of public protests and political confusion.

Papandreou fights for austerity plan – and survival

Tens of thousands of Greeks descended on cental Athens last night to lay peaceful siege to parliament ahead of a confidence vote in the government due to take place tomorrow. Earlier in the day Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, confirmed that the country was seeking a second international bailout in order to avoid a potentially disastrous default.

Geoffrey Beattie: Why Greeks make a drama out of a crisis

While the people of some stricken countries vent their anger, the economically battered Irish, blaming themselves, hold their peace

Greece expected to default even after a second IMF/EU bailout

Greece could still default on its debts "within months", according to economists, even as the European Union works on a second bailout of the protest-hit nation.

Greece: The man who fell for Mani's charms

Travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died last week, called this Peloponnese peninsula home. <b>Andrew Eames</b> makes a pilgrimage

Jason Manolopoulos: You can blame the Greeks &ndash; but they have been betrayed by their leaders

Shocking examples of kleptocracy by the political elite explain the ferocity of the reaction. And it is this which has repercussions for the rest of Europe

Leading article: A crisis in Athens and a looming disaster for Europe

European policymakers need to face up to some harsh realities

Athens on 'political suicide mission' to pass cuts after &euro;12bn loan deal

Fears that the Greek debt crisis could generate another banking meltdown and global economic crash persisted yesterday despite a short-term fix by the EU and IMF.

Daniel Howden: Too little too late: the family dynasties who have failed Greece's youth

Greece's political elite is a pond that refuses to be flushed. Two clans have dominated the scene since the fall of the dictatorship: the Papandreou and Karamanlis families and their socialist and conservative tribes who have played out largely fake wars while pursuing similar policies.

Greek PM battles cuts revolt

Greece's beleaguered prime minister faces an escalating revolt within his own Socialist party as he manoeuvres to pass new austerity measures.

Millions strike in Greece over austerity plans

Greece, the sickest patient in the ailing eurozone, was rocked yesterday by a nationwide strike of millions of workers and hours of rioting in street protests against the government's austerity plans.

Greek government in power-sharing talks amid riots

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou offered today to step down and make way for a national unity government if the opposition agreed on a clear plan on how to proceed with reforms, government sources said.

S&amp;P cuts Greece's rating and warns of default

Greece became the lowest-rated country in the world yesterday after Standard & Poor's cut its rating on the country's long-term debt by three notches to CCC and warned it would view a debt restructuring as a default.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Give me suffering over self-esteem'

ne of the most popular lessons at the Idler Academy is ancient Greek philosophy. The author and former priest Dr Mark Vernon, who I met at Alain de Botton's Platonic school in Bloomsbury, gives the classes, and I assist.

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