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It's Not Going to Get Any Better for Greece in 2016

  • Economy remains in `danger zone,' former prime minister says
  • Athens is at crossroads for refugees heading north and west
A Greek man talks to migrants arriving by boat on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey.

A Greek man talks to migrants arriving by boat on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey.

Photographer: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images
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Sotiris Alexopoulos has been helping the desperate and destitute spawned by Greece’s economic free fall since he lost his job in 2010. This year, he began catering to a new group of stricken people: the thousands of refugees arriving at the port of Piraeus.

“We are like them, we had the same needs,” Alexopoulos, 65, said as he helped distribute food and clothing to some of the 1,400 who had traveled overnight on a ferry from the island of Lesvos, their entry point to Europe. “We are the poor people doing something to help ourselves.”