Few people have the funds to go shopping for gifts this Christmas in Athens. Retailers are still hoping for a last minute buying spree.
Police in Greece have arrested a convicted terrorist who went missing almost a year ago. Christodoulos Xiros had threatened to avenge the pain of ordinary Greeks, suffering under the government's austerity measures.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Athens was a sign of support for the Greek government's austerity measures. But experts warned that the country had not overcome its financial crisis.
Britain’s biggest retailers have reported heavy falls in sales around Christmas amid rising competition in their home market. They lost market share to Germany’s Aldi and Lidl which saw booming seasonal sales in the UK.
Meeting in Berlin, Germany's Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Samaras have said they see signs of progress resulting from structural reforms to Greece's economy. But sovereign debt is still growing.