Greek finance minister and freewheeling playboy Yanis Varoufakis would rather chop off his own arm than sign an agreement subjecting Greece to the terms of yet another bailout from the Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.
Kotzia Square in Athens, Greece. Concerns around Greece's potential exit from the eurozone and the region's economic prospects were also reflected in a slowdown in hiring in Britain's service sector.
Chinese authorities took emergency measures at the weekend to restore investor confidence and halt a rout that has wiped almost $3tn in market capitalisation from the country's bourses over the past three weeks.
As Greece teeters on the edge of an economic abyss this summer, a million British holidaymakers will visit the country and its myriad islands.
The MP now tipped to be London's mayor has long been the face of green Toryism . But his passionate opposition to a third runway could put him on a collision course with his party.