The outcome of Greece’s recent elections has left young Greek Londoners uncertain about their ability to live and work abroad. With Greece’s continued membership in the European Union unclear, Greeks in London are beginning to worry if they will continue to be welcome in their new homes. “If we leave the EU, as has been hinted, I might need a visa to work here,” said Constantine Tyraskis, a London resident for over seven years. “My ability to work here would go away, and that’s why I think most Greeks abroad might have voted differently. It’s remaining in the EU that allows them to do more at the moment.” The 24 year-old treasury analyst, like all Greek expatriates, was not allowed to vote in Greece’s election this year. Greece is only one of four countries in the EU whos
Every year about 11,000 children are taken into local authority care without the consent of their parents. Last year, more than 2,400 of them were forcibly adopted the BBC recently disclosed. By Sohini Sinha. Sub-editor Marina Skalic It is a controversial practice that is facing criticism not just in the UK, but from politicians in Europe where forced adoption is rare. Forced adoption involves the removal of a child from their parents without consent and usually against their will. A campaigner against this wrong practise is Ian Josephs. His main objective is to persuade the UK government to abolish “forced adoption” and stop “punishment without crime”. He says, He says: “Unlike most that fight them, I and my family have never been troubled personally by UK social services, even wh
Customers of health food shops, such as Holland & Barrett, may be surprised to find that some products are sold out. What they don’t know is these products may have been purchased, carefully wrapped, and dispatched to China. By Qiwei Wang. Sub-Editor Tara Mearsheimer Xiaoyu Lin, a 21-year-old student in London, is part of a ‘buying and shipping’ army in the UK. The products can be sold at a higher price to customers in China, meaning that Lin can gain a healthy profit. “I started doing this three years ago when I arrived in London. At that time I was just interested in the way it works and had some spare time to earn extra money,” said Xiaoyu, who has an online shop selling mainly cosmetics and nutrition supplements. Glancing at the unpacked bottles and boxes of different s
Many of us rely on Google results and YouTube videos to learn new things. Whether you want to learn how to tie a tie (didn’t mum teach you?), which phone to buy or what colour to wear this spring - there is always an instructional video that can help. By Deeksha Sharma Sub-editor- Samiksha Pattanaik The same applies to parenting. Guides are found in books, magazines, online and now, thanks to Channel Mum can be found as a series of video blogs. The YouTube channel has been created by Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, a website providing mothers with all the information they need to raise their child. “No one can be perfect,” says Freegard, “It’s all about being good enough.” After the popularity of Netmums, the YouTube channel aims to connect people with the more emotion
Scott Bartle is standing as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. Cristiana Ferrauti meets him. By Cristiana Ferrauti @Cristiana16492 “I have never been involved with a political party before,” says Scott Bartle, 31, parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. “I couldn’t even stand those fancy rosettes politicians wore. And now I got rid of my gym membership, because walking from place to place for meeting people is enough training.” ) Speaking with politicians and learning about things face-to-face – and not by secondary means – are among others practices he has added to his daily routine. So why did Bartle choose to stand? “Sometimes you have just to go for yourself and try to encourage people to stand for what they care.
The benefit cap for working age out-of-work households has resulted in an average estimated decline of £62 benefit income per week, according to homelessness charity Crisis. This has impacted an estimated 52,000 households and families in England, almost half of these live in London. By Alex Leonards. Sub editor Sohini. Bright-eyed tourists sit in a quiet café by London Bridge station. They chew on organic oatcakes, and slurp soya milk Lattes, blissfully unaware of the nearby crowds that gather. Frustrated protesters stand side by side outside City Hall. Thousands have marched from opposite ends of the city. One group from the south, Elephant & Castle, the other East London’s Shoreditch; joining in solidarity at the heart of the capital. The crowd addresses a growing crisis tha
The recent win by Greek left-wing party Syriza has prompted much controversy. Greeks living in London are speculating over a possible ‘Grexit’ or Greek exit from the Eurozone. By Danai Dimitrakopoulos Diz Dimosthenis Mammonas, a well respected and liked member of Greek politics and former Secretary General for Social Security in the New Democracy government, was born and raised in Larissa, Greece. In 1996 he moved to Belgium upon receiving the ‘Robert Schuman’ Scholarship at the European Parliament and has since served a in a number of roles across the European Union. Mr. Mammonas tells me about the current state of the Greek economy, he says: “There are specific rules and obligations for countries participating in the Eurozone. I am pretty confident that if the Greek govern
Hayley McQueen will be a familiar face to millions of football fans for her work on Sky Sports News, whose studios are based in Osterley, west London. The station’s coverage of the end of the winter transfer window, deadline day, has become as iconic and dramatic as the window itself. By Kait Borsay For McQueen, who’s worked the last five deadline days at Sky Sports News, it’s not just about one day. “It’s a culmination of a whole month’s worth of work and reporting,” she said. “Sky Sports are very good at it, there’s a beginning, middle and an end. Whilst we don’t think we’ve created a monster, we’ve definitely created something special.” This year business throughout the window was on a par with 2014, some £130m was spent. Chelsea made the most costly signing of deadline day, w