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

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!