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Helena Smith

Helena Smith

    Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees
    Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees
    The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy...
    Greek election confusion raises fresh fears over ability to pay debts
    Greek election confusion raises fresh fears over ability to pay debts
    Confusion over the timing of fresh elections in Greece has threatened to jeopardise the prospects for a smooth transition to a new government and...
    Tsipras the Phaeton alarms China
    Tsipras the Phaeton alarms China
    Day and night, the Chinese-run piers of the Piraeus container terminal are a hive of activity. Lorries come and go while forklift trucks zoom around...
    Athens tears up austerity handbook
    Athens tears up austerity handbook
    In a dramatic start to his tenure in office Greece's new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, has begun to unpick the...
    Visionary vs Greece's Mr Austerity
    Visionary vs Greece's Mr Austerity
    One hails from the old world of Greek bourgeois society, and is a Harvard business school graduate with stridently conservative views. The other,...
    Greeks take risky election gamble
    Greeks take risky election gamble
    The Greek government this week announced that it would bring forward presidential elections. The announcement of the high-stakes gamble that will make or break its survival was made only a few hours after lenders agreed on Monday to grant...
    Greece to sell off historic buildings to settle debt
    Greece to sell off historic buildings to settle debt
    Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme....
    Dusk settles briskly on Greece’s Golden Dawn
    Dusk settles briskly on Greece’s Golden Dawn
    When the moment of justice came for Golden Dawn it happened in a flash.
    Greece lightning strikes again
    Greece lightning strikes again
    ­Long before the setting sun turns the sky above Mykonos into a blaze of crimson, they begin to arrive: super-yachts and pleasure boats and...
    Greek neo-Nazi party goes global
    Greek neo-Nazi party goes global
    Emboldened by its meteoric rise in Greece, the far-right Golden Dawn party is spreading its tentacles abroad, amid fears it is acting on its pledge...
    Cypriots wary of what's to come
    Cypriots wary of what's to come
    In the streets and cafes of Nicosia, and on TV chat shows aired in homes across the nation state, Monday's message was the same: "We have...
    Canny Greeks resort to retail therapy of another kind
    Canny Greeks resort to retail therapy of another kind
    It has been a busy day at the market in downtown Volos. Angeliki Ioanitou has sold a decent quantity of olive oil and soap, and her friend Maria has...