Joanna Kakissis

Joanna Kakissis appears in the following:

Eurozone Threatened By Divide Between Greece And Germany

Monday, March 23, 2015

Germany, which has backed most of the bailout loans to Greece, wants Greeks to stick to austerity measures. The new Greek government says austerity has destroyed the economy.


Will Greece's New Government Help The Muslim Minority Integrate?

Friday, March 06, 2015

For decades, Muslims in northeastern Greece were cut off from the rest of the country. Mainstream politicians backed by the Greek Orthodox church ignored them.


Greek Government Pledges To Crack Down On Tax Evasion

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In order to win an extension on its debt repayment program, the new Greek government has promised to pursue wealthy tax evaders — but so did every previous administration since the debt crisis began.


A Greek City Nervously Watches Its Fur Trade Falter

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Kastoria survived Greece's economic crisis primarily because of high Russian demand for the fur coats it produces. Then the Russian economy tanked. Now Kastoria is in trouble.


Eurozone Ministers To Give Greece Four-Month Credit Extension

Friday, February 20, 2015

Eurozone finance ministers agreed to give Greece a four-month extension of credit today as long as the Greek government sticks to reforms and keeps its finances in check.


Even As Progressives Take Lead In Greece, Women Remain Out Of Power

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The new leftist Greek government says it wants to revolutionize a country that long has resisted change. So far, that hasn't included finally placing women at the highest levels of government.


Greek Finance Minister Becomes A Hero Back Home During Bailout Talks

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Once again, Greece and Europe are at an impasse. The new Greek government wants to replace the existing bailout program, but its Eurozone partners have rejected that idea. The negotiations have been difficult and at times contentious. But the flashy Greek minister at the center of the storm has become a hero back home.


In A Twist, Greeks Demonstrate In Favor Of Their Government

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Greeks are eager to see how their new minister, elected just two weeks ago, plans to revive the country's ravaged economy while also ending deeply unpopular austerity measures.


New Greek Government Stance Could Lead To EU Rift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Greece's prime minister is considering a veto on further European Union sanctions on Russia. That could lead the government, which was inaugurated 3 days ago, into a big confrontation with the EU.


Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

Monday, January 26, 2015

Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Greece's new prime minister, but there are doubts about whether he can fulfill his campaign promise to increase public spending while ending austerity measures.


Greek Voters Usher Leftist Party Into Office

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greece's radical left Syriza party is the first anti-austerity party to win elections in Europe, throwing into doubt whether the troubled country stays the course on an international austerity plan.


Foe Of 'Fiscal Waterboarding' Leads Going Into Greek Election

Saturday, January 24, 2015

If elected on Sunday, Syriza would be the first anti-austerity party to come to power in the Eurozone. But it would still have to pay off Greece's debt and help the country out of a deep depression.


Greeks Doubtful Election Will Speed Economic Recovery

Friday, January 23, 2015

Greeks go to the polls this Sunday in early parliamentary elections. An anti-bailout leftist party is leading in the polls, but the election could still end in deadlock.


Split By War, Syrian Siblings Reunite As Refugees

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Three Syrian refugee siblings manage to reunite branches of their family after years of displacement and separation — in Germany. But one of them is gravely ill.


Greeks Shun Mainstream Politics Without Great Alternatives

Monday, January 12, 2015

Many Greeks say they plan to vote outside the political mainstream in this month's election because they want an end to the corrupt, populist politics of the past. So they're reaching out to radical parties, including the leftist Syriza Party, which is expected to win the election, after holding just four percent of parliamentary seats in 2009


Life Getting Tougher For Syrian Migrants, Refugees In Russia

Friday, January 02, 2015

Even Syrians who made their way to Russia long before their country's civil war are finding life tougher since the war started, with employers exploiting their desperation for a safe home.


Political Crisis Hammers Greece's Financial Markets

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Markets in Greece were hit hard after the country called early elections. But this time, the problems in Greece are not spreading to markets in the rest of the eurozone.


Greece To Hold Elections After Parliament Fails To Elect A President

Monday, December 29, 2014

The government's candidate former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas failed to win over the minimum of at least 180 of 300 parliamentary lawmakers. Elections will likely be held in February.


Blind Syrian Refugee Writer Seeks To Make New Home In Sweden

Thursday, December 25, 2014

An aspiring writer who has fled the civil war is now adjusting to life in Sweden. She longs for home, but for now receives the assistance she needs — housing, language courses, transportation.


Sweden's Tolerance Is Tested By Tide Of Syrian Immigrants

Friday, December 05, 2014

One-third of the residents in the city of Sodertalje are from the Middle East, many of them recent arrivals from Syria. The influx is testing Sweden's liberal immigration policies.