Albanians are by far the largest groups of foreign workers in Greece, estimated at 650,000 to 800,000, and have been among the first to feel the current turmoil. Since the onset of the global financial crisis, the woes of Albanian migrant workers in Greece and Italy, Western Europe and the United States have been reflected in the decline of their remittances, which sank to a five-year low last year.

Greece's and Turkey's historical differences have brought them to the brink of war on several occasions, but now leaders from the two nations are trying to bury the hatchet. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been meeting with Greek leaders in Athens to discuss efforts to ease bilateral tensions.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Athens on Friday for talks with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou in what Turkish and Greek officials hope will bring a new era in relations between the often feuding Aegean neighbors.

The recreation of a characteristic Greek city in a virtual artistic manner that focuses on reality and plurality is the main idea behind the Greek pavilion for the forthcoming EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, the Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis said on Monday.