Athens is a city that
- has been brought virtually to its knees by unemployment, which currently (autumn 2013) stands close to 30% with that figure rising to over 50% for young people;
- is fraught with violence, rage and desperation;
- is overshadowed by the spectre of racism;
- has hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees who are trapped, barely able to get by;
- functions as a focal point for both the Balkan states and the Eastern Orthodox world.