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

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor: Soldier, scholar and celebrated travel writer hailed as the best of his time

In Greece just after the Second World War, Patrick Leigh Fermor was on a lecture tour for the British Council.

Video: Fire and violence in Athens

Flares and fire fill the streets in the Greek capital as police and protesters clash.

Debt crisis could still spread to EU core, warns IMF

Despite bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal, Europe's debt crisis may yet spread to core euro zone countries and emerging eastern Europe, the International Monetary Fund said today.

Protesters hit out at Greek bailout talks

Police fired tear gas at dozens of youths hurling stones in Athens yesterday and a strike against austerity brought much of Greece to a halt during talks on the next slice of a bailout package.

New general strike over Greek austerity program

Most public services in Greece ground to a halt and transport was disrupted today as unions staged a new general strike in protest at the government's introduction of harsh austerity measures intended to keep the debt-ridden country solvent.

Greece denies talks on fresh bailout

Greece denied that it was discussing a new €60bn (£53bn) bailout with international lenders yesterday after German politicians questioned whether the country had failed to meet conditions to release the next tranche of its €111bn aid package.

London trader's email 'damaged Greek economy'

A London trader is expected to be questioned by police after being accused by the Greek authorities of sending an email designed to stir up rumours of a plan to restructure debt in the embattled country.

Sean O'Grady: Delaying doomsday in Athens may help to stave off economic apocalypse

Analysis: The intelligent gossip in the markets is that Greek bond holders might face a "haircut" of 50 per cent

Anarchy erupts in Greece as austerity bites

As Thessalonika riots, a town near Athens spins out of control with angry residents setting up massive roadblocks and hurling Molotov cocktails

Violence spikes in Greek rebel town

As explosions boom, the town's loudspeakers blare: "Attention! Attention! We are under attack!" Air raid sirens wail through the streets, mingling with the frantic clanging of church bells. Clouds of tear gas waft between houses as helmeted riot police move in to push back the rebels.

Manolis Rassoulis

Going for gold: the 2012 Olympic merchandisers

London mascots lead the way to souvenir sales of up to £1bn

Cuts take Greece to the edge of anarchy as people cry for change

Anti-austerity protests that began a year ago still rage in the Greek capital, amid pleas to modernise the economy and tackle tax evasion. Roxane McMeeken reports from Athens

Sprinters ignore court summons

Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou have ignored a summons to appear in court to be questioned in a perjury case.

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