The top 10 things Greece can sell to pay off its debt
Auction off Mykonos? It's not the uninhabited islands that two German MPs suggested Greece put on the market, but it is one of the country's top tourist destinations – where, by the way, about 2.5 million Germans sun themselves in Greece every year. Newscom/File
The Parthenon: Selling this one might be an unusual call, given that it was the temple devoted to the goddess Athena, whom Athenians saw as their protector and patron. Though it appears she hasn't offered much help of late. Newscom/File
The Theater at Epidaurus: The open-air theater was built around the mid-4th century B.C., and is considered one of the best preserved structures from the Classical period (it lay covered by earth for centuries, with excavation beginning in 1881). When someone speaks, everyone in the 14,000 seat space listens: it has near-perfect acoustics. Did we hear just a bid? Newscom/File
Sanctuary of Athena at Delphi: The site is home to a marble rotunda from the early 4th century B.C. The three columns, which were re-erected in 1938, are a favorite backdrop for tourists. $10 a photo? Newscom/File
Venus de Milo: She actually lives at the Louvre in Paris. But she has become something of an icon in the German-Greek dispute after a German magazine put an irreverent version of her on its cover. Newscom/File
Olympia: It’s the site of the ancient Olympic Games. Surely some athletes would be interested in purchasing the sanctuary. Newscom/File
Elgin Marbles: Not for sale – at least by Greece. The sculptures have long been a sore point between Greece and Britain, whose Earl of Elgin removed pieces from the Parthenon and other ancient sites in the early 19th century. The marbles have raised many questions about whether antiquities should be returned to their original home. Newscom/File
Old town Corfu: It’s located at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea and shows the influence of Venetians, who controlled the island for centuries. Newscom/File
Mount Athos: A World Heritage site, it’s home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Could the monks offer spiritual guidance? Newscom/File
Acropolis: The leftist Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia ran a photo of the ancient Greek site, built in the 5th century, with a “for sale” sign superimposed. We're waiting for an actual sign to go up. Newscom/File
On Monday Russia's ambassador the U.N. said ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russian troops in the Crimea region. Yanukovych had previously stated he would not ask for Russian forces.
Edith M. Lederer and Peter James Spielmann, Associated Press /
March 3, 2014
Ukraine's fugitive president requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region "to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order," Russia's U.N. ambassador said Monday, contradicting the president's own comments last week, while Ukraine's ambassador said 16,000 troops are now deployed there.