Greece: The Searing Days of Summer

The ancient Greeks developed democracy, but they were skeptical about it. "A charming form of government, full of variety and disorder," sniffed Plato. Present-day Greeks found his teaching true last week, as Athens for the second week baked in a hot sun and rocked with riots. One politician un easily recalled that 17 of Greece's 20 revolutions since 1821 have happened in the searing days of summer.

In the wake of his resignation and replacement by King Constantine with another Premier (TIME, July 23), George Papandreou, 77, staged a dramatic "return" t o...

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