In the abandoned building that once housed the Athens Stock Exchange, artist Teo is shuffling between the Fool, the Magician and the Devil in a Tarot card reading to divine the fate of the crippled Greek nation.
George Papandreou took a gamble on the most ancient of Greek traditions: democracy. Unlike his past success in extracting European bailout packages that avoided default, this idea helped lead to his departure.
Vangelis Skourtis is hawking perfume to shoppers on Ermou Street, within sight of the Greek Parliament in central Athens. As Germans prepare to vote this weekend, he’s trying to raise enough money for a boat ticket back to his island of Rhodes.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou reached out to the opposition about setting up a transitional government, indicating an accord would secure aid and remove the need for a referendum on euro membership.
Following is a timeline of the key steps on the road to the euro currency, from the Bretton Woods conference in 1944 to last week’s agreement to set up a “fiscal compact” among countries using the single currency.