GREECE: An Unlikely Boom

Greek folklore has it that when God made the earth, he picked out all the stones from the soil, threw them in a pile and called it Greece. For centuries this poverty-plagued country has been the poor stepchild of one foreign power after another, rarely able to pay its bills or manage its economic destiny without the aid of wealthier neighbors. All that is changing now, as the progeny of Herodotus and Homer ride high on one of Europe's least expected booms. Per capita income has climbed to $ 1,200 a year, spurred...

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