I write about money in Africa for the Wall Street Journal. Greek immigrant, migration geek matina.stevis@wsj.com

Patriotism Trumps Economics for Many Greeks Deciding on Bailout

wsj.com — ARGOLIS, Greece-In this fertile region of rolling hills covered in olive groves and citrus plantations, national pride is coming before financial considerations as people decide how they will vote in Sunday's referendum on the country's international bailout.

Cash Crunch Hits Everyday Life in Greece

wsj.com — ATHENS-At an automated teller machine underneath the Acropolis, Angeliki Andreaki clutched her debit card with both hands. She pays her bills in cash, and €330 in rent and €39 in telephone bills were due Wednesday. "Tsipras has turned this country into North Korea," the 83-year-old Ms. Andreaki said Tuesday, shaking her head about Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras.

For Greeks, Referendum Poses Murky Choice Between Pain, Pride

wsj.com — ATHENS-Chara Marantidou stood in the rain Tuesday with thousands of Greeks who support bowing to creditors' demands, but she was feeling the uncertainty that is dogging many in this haggard country whether they agreed with her or not.

Greeks Swing Between Hope and Fear as Bailout Talks Reach Decisive Phase

wsj.com — On island of Hydra, worries persist over economic consequences if rescue negotiations fail HYDRA, Greece-As Greece's bailout talks with creditors enter their final days, many of its people are caught between relief that a breakthrough seems near and anxiety that it could all still go wrong.

A Greek Abroad: Ambassador, Defender, Expert, Apologist

blogs.wsj.com — NAIROBI, Kenya-"So where in the U.S. are you from?" asked the Kenyan banker at the recent World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town. "I'm not from the States, I just learned English from Americans," I said flatly. I'm aware that the normal response would have been, "I'm not from the States, I'm Greek."

Kenya’s Budget Tries to Bolster Security Against Terrorism

wsj.com — Biggest spending plan includes funds to guard against attacks by al-Shabaab, linked to al Qaeda NAIROBI, Kenya-This East African nation unveiled its biggest budget ever on Thursday, led by a funding increase for security forces to battle Islamic militants who have staged repeated attacks on the region's biggest economy.

Former Nigerian Central Bank Head Joins Blackrock Africa Fund

blogs.wsj.com — Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria's ousted central-bank governor, will head up Blackstone 's sub-Saharan Africa energy infrastructure fund, the giant private-equity firm has revealed. Sanusi was considered an astute and charismatic central-bank governor for Africa's biggest economy and oil producer, but he was suspended early last year after he raised concerns that the national petroleum company was either losing or stealing billions in oil revenue that should be ending up in state coffers.

African Leaders Pledge to Create Free-Trade Zone

wsj.com — African officials pledged to create a free-trade zone across half the continent, a bold commitment to dismantle long-standing hurdles to investment in the fast-growing but fragmented region. Leaders from 26 countries across Africa's eastern half from Egypt to South Africa agreed Wednesday to work toward a free-trade zone that would remove...

Kenya Central Bank Moves Aggressively to Defend Shilling

blogs.wsj.com — Kenya's central bank surprised analysts on Tuesday by raising interest rates aggressively in a bid to control the slide of the Kenyan shilling against the dollar. The shilling had been trading at three-and-a-half year lows against the U.S.

Government Brutality Sparks Eritrean Exodus, U.N. Report Says

wsj.com — Agency says 5,000 flee African nation each month in bid to reach Europe NAIROBI, Kenya-Some 5,000 Eritreans embark each month on a treacherous exodus from their Horn of Africa homeland, the United Nations said, driven out by "gross human-rights violations" by their government that amount to "crimes against humanity."
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Jul 03, 2015

RT @RichardBarley1: Patriotism trumps economics for many Greeks ahead of referendum -- another must read from @matinastevis on.wsj.com/1GSrMk3 via @WSJ

Jul 03, 2015

kai tin pita olokliri, kai ton skylo hortato (both the pie intact and the dog fed) twitter.com/gusbaratta/sta…

Jul 03, 2015

Patriotism Trumps Economics for Many Greeks Ahead of Referendum. My latest, from the Peloponnese #Greferendum wsj.com/articles/patri…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @PDSutherlandUN: Of Syrians arriving in Greece, 40% have university degree; another 46% have secondary education. Excellent UNHCR data tinyurl.com/qacpavf

Jul 02, 2015

RT @gksteinhauser: When Greek banks reopen, will all the money be there? Here's the short answer on.wsj.com/1IRXTBw by @v_dendrinou & @…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @nikosft: @MatinaStevis I would like to pay wsj to read your story but credit cards cannot be used :)

Jul 02, 2015

"The last time I traveled with a wad of cash to pay someone’s salary was 10 years ago in Kosovo” wsj.com/articles/cash-… #Greece

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