GREECE: Kani Politiki

One of the charms of modern Hellas is that everyone plays the national game of kani politiki (making politics). A fixture of the scene in an Athens café or in any village taverna is at least one Greek spread over five chairs (a prop for each arm, one for each foot and one to sit on), waiting for his vari gliko (strong, sweet coffee), and noting on the back of a box of cigarettes this list: Populists 62, Liberals 62, Union of the Center 46, Social Democrats 34, Union of the Left 11, Unionists 6. These are the main...

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