Before the financial crisis struck, you could breathe the overwhelming air of prosperity on the bustling streets of Trikala.
After eight torturous years of crisis, Greeks are working long and hard with very little to show for it.
Cyprus is successfully exiting its bailout at the end of March after three years.
Portugal's return to growth has many calling it the star pupil of the eurozone crisis. A look beyond the headline figures puts this into question, however.
It's groundhog day for Greece as the third bailout package is negotiated. And there's no reason to think this one will be any more successful than the last two.
No one seems to really believe the latest bailout plan will work without debt relief. But the only way to get Greece to adopt essential reforms is to pretend it isn't in the cards.
The euro remains fatally fragile so long as the eurozone lacks a mechanism for forgiving debt.
Academic experts respond to the No vote in Greece's referendum on whether or not to accept a bailout offer from their international creditors.
Greeks face a big dilemma in the July 5 referendum. It's been badly organised, democratically questionable and there's a great deal at stake.
Debt relief should not be a divisive bargaining tool. Better that it is a formal part of a structured approach to risks in a currency union.
A famed game theory parable involving mutually assured destruction explains the Greek debt crisis and could explain the outcome of the Greek referendum this Sunday.
Greece is set to become the first advanced economy to default on the IMF in its 71-year history.
With the ECB freezing the level of emergency liquidity assistance it is providing to Greek banks, the nightmare scenario for Greece is already beginning to unfold.
Austerity has crippled the Greek economy and Greek society. To accept more is a decision that should be given to the Greek people.
What you need to know about the IMF and its approach to negotiations over a Greek bailout.
The Greek parliament's Truth Commission on Public Debt has declared much of Greece's €320 billion debt to be "odious" and illegal.
Whether Greece reaches a new bailout agreement or not, the country is in for a rough ride.
Like Diogenes the Cynic, Greece's Syriza government have been intransigent in negotiations with powers stronger than them.
In order for Greece to move forward, Tsipras' government needs to take the opportunity being offered it and accept the political cost.
Much of the focus on Greece has been on how to deal with its debt. Yet the debt will not be tackled simply through cutting public spending.