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From Mystras to Kardamyli: A hike in honour of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

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“On the map, the southern part of the Peloponnese looks like a misshapen tooth fresh torn from its gum with three peninsulas jutting southward in jagged and carious roots. The central prong is formed by the Taygetus mountains…” This morning, thanks to the Benaki Museum, I was standing in the study of the great man – war hero, romantic, philhellene – who wrote these words. Scanning the bookshelves of Sir … Read more »From Mystras to Kardamyli: A hike in honour of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

Guest blog: Four months in Athens

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I’m pleased to invite Hinesh Rajani to write a guest blog about his time in Greece. Hinesh joined the Embassy team in early February, and has spent four months on a temporary posting as First Secretary Political/Economic. His observations are below. After January’s election, a new Government promised a rather different approach to Greece’s challenges. Given our close partnership with Greece that meant a huge appetite, in the British Government, for … Read more »Guest blog: Four months in Athens

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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It’s my pleasure to welcome as guests to this blog, Robert W. Peck, Ambassador of Canada (the last country chairing IHRA), and Eszter Sandorfi, Ambassador of Hungary (the next chair). They both share their thoughts on what the International Holocaust Remembrance Day means for them personally.  I’m grateful to them for contributing in this way. Since the UK assumed the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in February … Read more »International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Looking back at 2014

Here, the year ended with high drama. In the last few days of December, the car ferry Norman Atlantic blazed on the Adriatic, with tragic loss of life, and the attempt to elect a new President of the Republic failed. If nothing else, 2014 will be remembered because, at its fag end, the country was set on course for a General Election. Much ink and many bytes will be spent … Read more »Looking back at 2014

The 9th December is World Anti Corruption Day. Why does corruption matter?

The UN World Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated on 9 December. Some will argue that it is part of everyday life and present in every society. I personally disagree, as I believe that It erodes trust within societies –and particularly young people- between businesses and between nations. Corruption diverts resources from where they are most needed, fueling inequality and holding back social well-being. Corruption also stifles economic growth and investment, and … Read more »The 9th December is World Anti Corruption Day. Why does corruption matter?

In Memoriam

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I attend a lot of commemorative events. Greeks and Britons share much history, and we value its importance, feeling its presence at least dimly in our lives. We commemorate key moments of our history, because we are aware that the freedoms we enjoy were built on the endeavours of those who were here before us. We know that we stand – as the saying goes – on the shoulders of … Read more »In Memoriam

“We are all citizens” – Promoting civil society in Greece

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I found myself on Crete two weeks ago. It’s always a pleasure to be on the Great Island. Cretan hospitality, the landscape, the beaches, the cuisine, the archaeology, the local grappa, the great cities…what’s not to like? I had spent an unforgettable week there on leave in July – not far from Kissamos, in the NW corner of the island. This time, I was on business in the capital, Heraklion, … Read more »“We are all citizens” – Promoting civil society in Greece

Tragedy and the tragic

Ten days ago, I attended the last performance at this year’s Festival of Epidauros, Nikaiti Kondouri’s production of Aeschylus’ Persians. There were more than 6,000 people on the beautiful marble seating of the ancient theatre. The atmosphere beforehand was lively, expectant, talkative. But once the drama began, this huge audience fell mute and minutely attentive. Why do so many people love these ancient dramas, whether tragedies or comedies? It may, … Read more »Tragedy and the tragic

Wales: A country of castles, dragons, natural beauty…and a summit

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In early September, the UK will host the next NATO Summit at Newport. The Summit will be an important event in itself, but it’s also an opportunity for us to promote one of the less known countries of the United Kingdom: Wales! Most of the Anglophone Greeks I know are in love with London. More adventurous Greeks may travel north to York, the centre of my home county Yorkshire, and … Read more »Wales: A country of castles, dragons, natural beauty…and a summit

Business opportunities as a way of putting Greece back on the exporting map

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Guest blogger: Klio Panourgia, Assistant Trade Advisor, UKTI, British Embassy Athens One of the tasks undertaken almost on a daily basis by UKTI teams at posts is the identification and publication of Business Opportunities; these are opportunities that can lead directly to export business for UK companies and can range from general procurement notices to tenders for large scale projects in sectors such as energy, transport, education, defence, ICT and others. … Read more »Business opportunities as a way of putting Greece back on the exporting map