Big Fat Greek Problems

In preparing to be host of next summer's Olympics, Athens has faced the usual hurdles, like finding enough hotel space and finishing construction on the venues. But some less conventional problems have cropped up too. Initially, the government planned to license extra brothels to meet surging demand during the Games (at the Sydney Olympics, 10,000 prostitutes serviced some 150,000 clients daily). After protests, including those of the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, the government backed down. Some other pre-Olympic headaches remain.

--By Sean Gregory and Elinda Labropoulou


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