Helena Smith

Helena Smith works from Athens. Helena Smith is the Guardian's correspondent in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus Helena Smith has over 7053 followers on Twitter.

Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees

Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece.

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.

Tsipras the Phaeton alarms China

Economic decisions by Athens's leader may push Greeks to vote for the neo-fascist Golden Dawn.

Athens tears up austerity handbook

The new leaders want to ease the 'humanitarian crisis' – but Greece's creditors are not impressed.

Visionary vs Greece’s Mr Austerity

The tainted old order under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is up against unencumbered young firebrand Alexis Tsipras.

Greeks take risky election gamble

Failure to elect a new president will pit the ruling Samaras coalition against the popular radical left Syriza party.

Greece to sell off historic buildings to settle debt

Greece has been selling off its historic properties, including near the Acropolis, to settle its massive economic debt.

Dusk settles briskly on Greece’s Golden Dawn

Members had been trained in Nazi-style hit squads to "attack immigrants for fun".

Greece lightning strikes again

After years of harsh ­recession, 17-million tourists — an all-time record — are set to visit the mainland and its sun-kissed islands.

Greek neo-Nazi party goes global

An extremist political group, Golden Dawn, plans to establish cells 'wherever there are Greeks'.

Cypriots wary of what’s to come

Cypriots have reacted to the news of their own salvation from economic meltdown with relief, but also trepidation and despair.

Canny Greeks resort to retail therapy of another kind

In the heart of Greece's most fertile plain, locals have come up with a novel way of dealing with austerity.

Press Releases

Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

Security and Compliance Evolution in the Data Revolution

Organisations must adopt a risk-based approach to compliance and rely on technology to mitigate that risk and on people and process controls as well

Covid-19 vs Child Nutrition

Children are being impacted severely across the world because of things such as reduced immunisation as health services prioritise treating Covid-19 cases

MTN’s network innovation sees 5G launched at 100 sites countrywide

MTN South Africa has launched its widely accessible 5G network – the first of MTN’s 21 operations across Africa and the Middle East

Economic ramifications of Covid-19

There is an opportunity for business and government in collaboration to galvanise and work together, and present ourselves as a viable destination for investment

BCX empowers its finance staff with professional accounting qualifications

'For the finance function to go beyond the numbers we need to be professional and we cannot leave out the financial control experts'

Ensuring no prospective CA(SA) is left behind

Sizwe Nxasana talks about the macro-economic impact our country will suffer if the accountancy profession fails to transform its pipeline in the pandemic

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