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'We Should Shut Down The BBC To Save Money'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

In the aftermath of the shock decision to haul Greece's state broadcaster off air in a radical austerity measure has been welcomed by some in Britain,...

Greek State TV Taken Off Air Amid Austerity Drive

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK

Greek state TV and radio were dramatically pulled off the air late on Tuesday, hours after the government said it would temporarily close all state-ru...

When Water Is for Sale: What Water Privatisation Really Means

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

The privatisation of state water companies around the world almost always has one common denominator: it is made ​​under the pressure of international lenders in countries with large debt or under the pressure of multinational corporations and politicians in countries with a strong economy.

Eight European Beaches That Rival the Best of the Caribbean | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Europe is home to some beaches that rival those found in the Caribbean. Instead of trotting across the globe to find your little slice of heaven, why not visit one of Europe's most beautiful beaches?

Fears Over 'Guns' In Greek Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

An MP from the radical far-right Golden Dawn party was asked to stow his gun away before entering the Greek Parliament building, but he reportedly tol...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Putting A Smile On NIgel's Face

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 20 May 2013... 1) PUTTING A SMILE ON NIGEL'S FACE The 'loongate' controversy is really starting to hur...

When the Sovereign Debt Bubble Bursts, Things Will Get Nasty

Harry Cooper | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

What do Greece and an unemployed homeowner in Arizona have in common? They are both bankrupt with no hope of ever being able to pay back what they owe. As I wrote this, I realised it sounded as though I were making a joke (and a bad one at that). The reality is, unfortunately, not funny in any sense, but actually far more worrying.

Don't Go To India

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Why on earth do the Indians need two weeks to issue a visa? If they suspect me of being a drug runner, murderer, agent provocateur or spy all they need to do is scan my passport, like they do in Turkey and the EU countries, and your name is bounced around police databases in the blink of an eye.

Greece Pulls Ancient Nude Statues From Qatari Exhibition...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK

Greece has pulled two ancient statues of nude males from an Olympic exhibition in Doha after Qatari officials insisted on preserving their modesty wit...

Racism, Exploitation, Violence: The Reality of Migrants' Lives in Greece

Kate Allen | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

Greece: idyllic country of picturesque islands and sparkling seas that welcomes strangers, or land of serious human rights abuses and growing violence and xenophobia? While there is no doubt about the loveliness of Greece's landscapes, something brutal is going on behind the beauty.

Crossing Into the Unknown: The Plight of Migrants in the Fields of Greece

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

As Greece enters its fifth year of recession - and Greeks are reeling under the weight of salary slashes, a rising tax burden and eurozone's highest unemployment rate - life for migrants is becoming tougher amid rising racism as well as a drop in living standards.

Us & Them: Some Lessons From the Ancient Greeks

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

What are we? English? Welsh? British? Are we bothered? Most of the time our "identity", national, religious or whatever, probably isn't at the top of our list of concerns. But sometimes circumstances come along which make us less secure in ourselves, less able to take our place in the world quite so much for granted.

Greece: Germany Owes Us €162 Billion For The Second World War

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK

Greece is considering slapping a €162 billion invoice on Germany as compensation for the Second World War. Athens has compiled a top-secret repor...

Eurozone Unemployment Hits Record High Of 12%

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

Unemployment in the eurozone has hit a record high of 12%, as the number of people out of work in the 19 member states reached 19.07m. Official fig...

The Geopolitics of the Cyprus Crisis

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

By threatening to sour Russian-EU relations and even propel an EU member state into the arms of Moscow, the currency union is reviving tensions between old antagonists.

Cyprus: Big Lie of the Financial Crisis Finally Explodes

Adrian Ash | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Ash

Putting cash on deposit makes you a creditor. And in financial crises, the creditor always pays in the end (borrowers can't; they don't have any money). Whether through inflation, default or a 'levy', savers are sure to suffer in the end.

From Athens to London: Europe Under Austerity

Frances O’Grady | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

On Saturday morning, I'm meeting Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Opposition and head of the left-wing Syriza coalition. We will be talking about the spectre that's haunting Europe: austerity. It may seem that Britain and Greece - at almost opposite ends of Europe - have little in common. In fact, we have lots in common, and lots to discuss.

New Cypriot President Faces Tough Negotiations on Sovereign Bail-Out

Vincent Forest | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Vincent Forest

The risk of a Cypriot default has fallen with the decisive victory of the centre-right candidate, Nicos Anastasiades, in the presidential election on 24 February. However, the risk has not entirely gone away and tough bail-out negotiations lie ahead for the new president.

Jessica Elgot

'Things Can Only Get Worse' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK

Britain must be part of a co-ordinated effort to help defeat far-right and neo-Nazi parties across Europe, like Greece's Golden Dawn and Hungary's Job...

Captivated by Kefalonia

Emily Stacey | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Stacey

Unlike any other place I have visited, Kefalonia has stolen my heart hook, line and sinker. But I'm not the only one. Year after year, you see the same faces arriving at the airport heading back to their favourite spot for another few weeks in paradise.

Greece's External Rebalancing Is Impressive but Also Deceptive

Martin Koehring | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK
Martin Koehring

Greece's impressive external rebalancing has culminated in the current-account deficit narrowing to 2.9% of GDP in 2012 from almost 15% in 2008. However, this process has mainly relied on a collapse in imports as a result of an ongoing sharp contraction in domestic demand, driven by fiscal austerity.

Let the Music Play: What Can Bring Hope to the Greek People?

Julie Tomlin | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Tomlin

What happens when the mood of a whole nation can be characterised by hopelessness and despair? In Greece, where people have been on the receiving end of severe austerity measures and lived through six years of recession, it's a question that politics, as we know it, seems incapable of addressing.

Orwell Would Have Liked Photoshop

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

Under the blitz of current Orwell stuff in the media there's a recurring theme: what would the great man have made of the present day, and how right was he about the modern world? Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers. Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers: Doublespeak (modern political/managerial jargon?), Telescreens (TV, especially those tuned to the Big Brother house on Channel 5!), Napoleon, the revolutionary-turned-authoritarian pig from Animal Farm.

Pictures Of Greeks Scrambling For Food Sparks Fresh Anger

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK

Pictures of Greeks scrambling for food handouts have sparked fresh waves of anger in the country amid crippling austerity measures. One man queuing...

Kudos to the London Greek Girls Asking What They Can Do for Greece

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK
Rory Fitzgerald

They hope they will inspire other Greeks to step up and promote their fabulous country as a tourist destination - after all, tourism remains Greece's single biggest industry, generating some 23 per cent of Greek GDP.