Europe Briefing— Global


The motorcade of the Greek prime minister plus reports on growing marijuana in Spain and spuds in Ireland.

Francois Hollande, Greece, Grow It Yourself, Nicholas Sarkozy

Me and motorcade no.30

Vehicle bailout package


Being a Hellenic head of state isn’t as glamorous as it used to be. During the 1970s, Greek prime ministers were chauffeured in a customised Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and had access to a presidential yacht donated by the Onassis shipping dynasty. These days the country’s presidential convoy reflects widespread austerity.

When former prime minister George Papandreou came to power in 2009 he asked each minister to trade their Mercedes w221 for a hybrid Toyota Prius. Some even ended…


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