John Psaropoulos

John Psaropoulos

John Psaropoulos is an independent journalist based in Athens. He has covered Greece and southeast Europe since the fall of communism. He has been Al Jazeera’s Greece correspondent since 2012. John holds a BA and MA in Ancient Greek from King's College London. He cut his teeth in journalism working as a producer for CNN International in Atlanta. From 1999 to 2009 he was editor-in-chief of the Athens News, Greece's historic, English-language newspaper. He has written for publications including The Weekly Standard, The American Scholar, The Daily Beast, the Times Literary Supplement and The Washington Post. His personal blog is thenewathenian.com.

Europe

Russia, Greece spat and diplomatic tit-for-tat

Greece is reportedly unhappy with Russia’s efforts to sink the name deal struck with Greece’s neighbour, which will allow it to be named North Macedonia.

Russia, Greece spat and diplomatic tit-for-tat

Human Rights

Lifeline ship resisted pressure to return refugees to Libya

The rescue boat was stranded at sea for days after Italy and France accused it of violating international rules.

Lifeline ship resisted pressure to return refugees to Libya

Europe

Migrant rescue ship Lifeline under investigation

Police are questioning whether it was assisting people smugglers.

Migrant rescue ship Lifeline under investigation

Europe

Lifeline reaches Malta, but Europe heads into migration storm

The stranded rescue ship with over 200 people docks in Malta as EU leaders set to meet to discuss the refugee crisis.

Lifeline reaches Malta, but Europe heads into migration storm

Europe

Greece: Mixed feelings about the years of austerity

Originally intended to last only two years, Greece's eight-year austerity programme is seen by many as having caused more harm than good.

Greece: Mixed feelings about the years of austerity

Europe

Greece declared fit for markets after 8 years of austerity

Eurozone extends debt repayment, but strict supervision on spending and reforms will remain for 40 years.

Greece declared fit for markets after 8 years of austerity

Greece

Greek government faces censure over Macedonia deal

Some Greeks feel like it is difficult to change the name of a nation because it has more to do with identity than law.

Greek government faces censure over Macedonia deal

Greece

Greece's Muslims seek reform between civil and religious laws

Greece is the only European country to preserve a bifurcated legal system in which Islamic and Greek civil law coexist.

Greece's Muslims seek reform between civil and religious laws

Europe

Severna Macedonia is born: Athens and Skopje announce 'name' deal

Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev say they have agreed on 'Northern Macedonia' as the new name for small Balkan country.

Severna Macedonia is born: Athens and Skopje announce 'name' deal

Greece

In Macedonia, Greece is torn between history and realpolitik

Thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest a deal between Athens and Skopje on a name change.

In Macedonia, Greece is torn between history and realpolitik

Business & Economy

Europe's trade confrontation with the US escalates

European Commission to impose countermeasures against $3.3bn worth of US goods, 10 days before US tariffs take effect.

Europe's trade confrontation with the US escalates

Europe

'This is a sellout': Anger as Greece approves power plant sales

Greece's Eurozone partners and creditors have ordered Public Power Corporation to share access to their abundant coal resources in the name of fair competition.

'This is a sellout': Anger as Greece approves power plant sales