Covering Greece

This is a selection of my feature articles, interviews, photos and stories on the fascinating - and often frustrating - reality of everyday life in Greece.

Jail time is only making Greece's neo-nazi politicians martyrs
Despite the imprisonments, the Golden Dawn remains the third-most popular party in opinion polls, Published on February 8th, 2014

Why Greeks are ditching the euro for digital barter systems
As Greece has moved into the latest chapter of its economic redevelopment, a barter economy that grew in popularity amid last summer’s strict capital controls has matured into what proponents say could be framework for a cashless economy.
MarketWatch, Published on April 5th, 2016

This may be Greece’s biggest brain drain since the death of SocratesA devastating brain drain is luring away the best and brightest of Greece’s workforce, several reports showed, with estimates varying between 180,000 and 200,000 well-educated citizens leaving the cash-strapped nation.
MarketWatch, Published on May 17th, 2015

European Stocks Tumble as Greece Crisis Roils Markets [TV]
Jitters over the financial future of Greece roiled global markets, with equities falling sharply and demand surging for assets considered safest during times of stress.
Wall Street Journal Live, April 17, 2015

Is Anyone Taking the Potential Greek Default Seriously? [TV]
European stocks are steadying despite fears of a Greek default, so who really cares about Greece?
Wall Street Journal Live, April 21, 2015

Cutthroat race for medical specializations
Arriving a few minutes late at the local Health Bureau can result in years of waiting for young doctors eager to begin a residency program.
Published July 30th, 2010, 'To Vima' print and online edition 

The Greek crisis explained in 9 simple steps

How history repeats itself in (vicious) cycles

How America's Love for Greek Yogurt Is Actually Hurting Greece
Would you be willing to buy a Greek yogurt brand if it was labeled "Greek-style yogurt" or even "I Can't Believe It's Not Greek Yogurt"? The answer to this question might lead to over a billion dollars in Greek yogurt sales being reallocated from the U.S. to Greece.
Published March 21st, 2014,

Rebel gardeners armed with rakes 
Citizens who have been witnessing Athen’s green space disappear before their very eyes for years take the law into their own hands – by picking up garden hoes.
The term "repatriation of Parthenon's marbles" would normally mean little to non-Greeks. But whenGeorge Clooney broached the subject last week at a press conference for his new movie The Monuments Men, the world had to pay attention.
Published February 17th, 2014,

Dozens of dogs are used as ‘living fences’, tied to tin barrels, exposed to the elements and often left with an inadequate supply of food and water
Published December 17th, 2010, 'To Vima' print and online edition

Eighteen months of obligatory indentured labor after having earned a law degree
Published April 27th, 2010, 'To Vima' print and online edition 

The River Styx - Don't sip from the immortal spring
The same water that according to Greek mythology made Achilles immortal may have poisoned Alexander the Great - still, locals and travelers can't resist a sip
Published August 25th, 2010, 'To Vima' print and online edition