Senior Correspondent, Greece
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Jun 8, 2012

In Greece, a painful return to country roots

KONITSA, Greece, June 8 (Reuters) – Thirteen years after
abandoning rural Greece for a career in graphic design,
Spiridoula Lakka finds herself in the last place she expected to
end up – watering a patch of lettuce and herbs in her sleepy
village.

As Greece sank into its worst economic crisis since World
War Two, Lakka had already given up her dream of becoming a web
designer. Even waitressing seemed impossible. She faced a simple
choice: be stranded without money in Athens, or return to the
geriatric village where she grew up plotting to escape.

May 12, 2012

Greek Socialist fails to form government, vote beckons

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos on Saturday becomes the last political leader to throw in the towel after failing to cobble together a government, leaving the country’s president with one final chance to avoid new elections.

Greece’s political landscape is in disarray after voters humiliated the only parties backing a rescue plan tied to spending cuts, leaving no bloc with enough seats to form a government to secure the next tranche of financial aid.

May 12, 2012

Olympics-Olympia torch lighting starts London countdown

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece, May 10 (Reuters) – The countdown to
the London Olympics began with the kindling of the Games torch
by the sun’s rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday, sparking a
relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic
stadium’s cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 27.

On a warm and sunny day at the site of the ancient Olympics,
actress Ino Menegaki, playing the high priestess, appealed to
sun God Apollo and needed only a few seconds to ignite the torch
at the ruins of the Temple of Hera with the help of a parabolic
mirror, 78 days before the Games get under way.

May 11, 2012

Torch designers flattered by “cheese grater” label

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) – British designers Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber spent 18 months developing a fail proof Olympic torch that could withstand snow, driving rain and gusty winds, only to see it ultimately likened to a cheese grater.

The duo say they were delighted with the nickname for their gold-coloured torch for the London Games.

May 11, 2012

Olympics-Torch designers flattered by “cheese grater” label

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece, May 11 (Reuters) – British
designers Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber spent 18 months
developing a failproof Olympic torch that could withstand snow,
driving rain and gusty winds, only to see it ultimately likened
to a cheese grater.

The duo say they were delighted with the nickname for their
gold-coloured torch for the London Games.

May 10, 2012

Bittersweet emotions as Greeks watch torch lighting

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) – Aphrodite Tagios broke down in tears as cream-robed priestesses struck graceful poses on a grassy slope at the birthplace of the Olympics in a solemn ceremony that reminded her of her country’s glorious past and how far it has fallen since.

With debt-stricken Greece risking bankruptcy and an exit from the euro zone, many Greeks watched the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in the ruins of ancient Olympia on Thursday with bittersweet pangs of pride mixed with sadness and anger.

May 10, 2012

Olympics-Bittersweet emotions as Greeks watch torch lighting

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece, May 10 (Reuters) – Aphrodite Tagios
broke down in tears as cream-robed priestesses struck graceful
poses on a grassy slope at the birthplace of the Olympics in a
solemn ceremony that reminded her of her country’s glorious past
and how far it has fallen since.

With debt-stricken Greece risking bankruptcy and an exit
from the euro zone, many Greeks watched the Olympic
torch-lighting ceremony in the ruins of ancient Olympia on
Thursday with bittersweet pangs of pride mixed with sadness and
anger.

May 10, 2012

Olympia torch lighting starts London countdown

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) – The countdown to the London Olympics began with the kindling of the Games torch by the sun’s rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic stadium’s cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 27.

On a warm and sunny day at the site of the ancient Olympics, actress Ino Menegaki, playing the high priestess, appealed to sun God Apollo and needed only a few seconds to ignite the torch at the ruins of the Temple of Hera with the help of a parabolic mirror, 78 days before the Games get under way.

May 10, 2012

London 2012 torch lit in Olympia

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) – The countdown to this summer’s London Olympics kicked off with the kindling of the Games torch by the sun’s rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic stadium’s cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 27.

On a warm and sunny day at the site of the ancient Olympics, actress Ino Menegaki, playing the high priestess, needed only a few seconds to ignite the torch with the help of a parabolic mirror in this traditional ceremony less than 80 days before the Games get under way.

May 10, 2012

Olympics-London 2012 torch lit in Olympia

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece, May 10 (Reuters) – The countdown to
this summer’s London Olympics kicked off with the kindling of
the Games torch by the sun’s rays in ancient Olympia on
Thursday, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting
of the Olympic stadium’s cauldron at the opening ceremony on
July 27.

On a warm and sunny day at the site of the ancient Olympics,
actress Ino Menegaki, playing the high priestess, needed only a
few seconds to ignite the torch with the help of a parabolic
mirror in this traditional ceremony less than 80 days before the
Games get under way.