A homeless man sleeps under a graffiti in central Athens. Greece and its international creditors prepare to kick off fiscal talks in Athens on Thursday, breaking a six-week impasse on how to extend the country’s huge EU-IMF bailout and restore the flow of loans to avert a state cash shortage.
An elderly homeless woman sleeps on a bench in the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens, Greece on Friday
Tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens, past the ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus
A presidential “Evzon” stands guard (L) as Giorgos Paganis, 52, a marble craftsman from the island of Tinos, adds the words “Mediterranean” and “Aegean” onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under a list of places where Greeks fought modern history battles, outside the parliament in central Athens. Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday.
A woman passes by graffiti in central Athens on Friday. Germany and Greece face off in yet another eurozone meeting in search of a last minute bailout compromise
Dimitris Koutsoumpas, general secretary of the Communist party of Greece (right), and religious officials attend a swearing-in ceremony of the new parliament in Athens. Greece’s parliament met for the first time after last month’s election amid market jitters sparked by an ECB block on a key source of funding for Athens’ banks.
A gardener is silhouetted against the sun as he trims the grass at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens on Wednesday
In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city’s various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets – which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings – also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine’s Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece’s debt crisis
A man offers his fish for sale at a central fish market in Athens.
A man walks past a graffiti of Sausage, a stray dog, painted by street artists Smart, N_Grams and Martinez in Athens on Monday. The ginger mongrel, called Loukanikos, found fame after appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece’s debt crisis, has died of a heart attack
Lawyer Amal Clooney arrives for a meeting with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras in Athens. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived in Greece on Monday for a four-day visit to meet government officials and advise on Greece’s quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to from the British Museum.
A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a Greek Roma community protest in Athens that blocked a main northern avenue in the city on Tuesday. The Roma are protesting authority plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside
A Greek Army Apache helicopter takes part in an air show at Athens Paleo Faliro coastal suburb on Thursday
Far-right Golden Dawn party supporters demonstrate in front of the parliament in Athens before a vote that will decide whether the deputies of the party will be stripped of their immunity from prosecution over alleged criminal activities
Cleaning ladies employed by the public sector demonstrate at the entrance to the Finance Ministry in Athens, Greece, during a protest against layoffs
Police bomb-disposal experts gather evidence at the site of an explosion in the centre of Athens, on Thursday
A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.
A motorcyclist passes the work ‘Access Control’ by Greek street artist iNO, on central Pireos Street in Athens. Greece has attracted international street artists to its capital, due to the availability of commissioned work and relatively lax anti-graffiti law.
A protester stands in front of riot police securing the private office of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek public administration reform minister, in central Athens on Thursday. Scores of striking schoolteachers and other civil servants occupied Mitsotakis’s office to protest planned public sector lay-offs, under cost-cutting reforms demanded by the debt-mired country’s bailout creditors.
A tourist walks inside Attalos Arcade in the ancient agora (market) in Athens.