Athens. Faliro
Photo by Petros Giannakouris

Athens. Faliro

Photo by Petros Giannakouris

Celebrating the debris of Greek democracy      

Greece recently managed to raise 3bn euros ($4.14bn) selling five-year bonds with a yield of 4.75 percent for the first time after four years. This is quite an achievement for a country that has lost 25 percent of its GDP and is going through the seventh year of a recession with no signs of recovery any time soon. Analysts and politicians alike welcomed the news with enthusiasm in some cases but also scepticism, as they interpreted the risky action taken by the Greek government as an exhibition of trust by the markets not to Greece, but to the Troika and Germany in particular.

This is a paradoxical situation and critics argue that there is not much room for optimism, whether you look at the Greek recovery programme as a half full or a half empty glass. Greece has a long way to go before it gets anywhere close to its pre-crisis situation and the eurozone is still in trouble. The German Suddeutsche Zeitung underlined the fact that the country is not ready to support a return to the markets and stressed that this is not about a return to normalcyForbes even joked that “Greek bonds should come with ahazard disclaimer" since the figures are still disappointing and the Wall Street Journal expressed similar sentiments.

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Acropolis 360

In the first four months of 2014 I photographed the Acropolis from 100 different rooftops of Athens. Some of the photos were included in a project called 100 Taratses (100taratses.com). As it turned out, the photos create a relatively complete 360 degree overview of this remarkable millienia-old monument. This video features 119 photos in total.

Writer leaves new River party after doubting Holy Fire

Recently formed centrist party Potami (River) lost one of its most prominent members on Holy Thursday with the resignation of writer Nikos Dimou over his suggestion that the Easter Holy Fire of Jerusalem is not a miracle.

In a blog post entitled “A brief political career”, Dimou said that he had no choice but to resign after Potami’s founder distanced himself from his comments over the Holy Fire. 

The writer, who frequently challenges historical and religious orthoxies and dogmas, said that he would continue to support the party, adding that he “believes in Stavros Theodorakis”, its leader.

Earlier this week, Dimou questioned whether the Holy Fire was a miracle and on why the Greek state spent money flying it from Jerusalem to Athens, where it receives the same protocol as a head of state.

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Athens: “Donors Anonymous” spend €40K to buy meat for the poor in central meat market   

Ten women dressed in black arrived in Athens central meat market in Varvakeio on Wednesday morning. The group split and each woman took position in several shops, next to the cash register. When they estimated that a consumer was needy, they simply paid for the food the client had bought.

The women were determined to have the poor enjoy the Easter table at as less expense as possible, eye witnesses said.

When a consumer neared the cash register to pay for the Easter meat he had bought, the women urged him to go way without paying and that they would come up for the cost.

“I insisted on paying for the eight kilos minced meat I bought,” an elderly man told reporters, “but the woman was determined. So I left without paying,” the man said praising at the same time the generous donation.

According to Greek media, the good Samaritans reportedly spent more than 40,000 euro in beef, lamb and chicken, in an action that lasted several hours.

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