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European Journal

Greece: Bucking the Trend with Saffron

On the first of January Greece assumed the rotating presidency of the EU. Many take a dim view of the crisis-ridden country being put in charge, yet Greece does have some success stories to report.

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For over three centuries the Greeks have grown crocuses which produce saffron. Now growing saffron has brought sustainable prosperity to the region surrounding the town of Krokos -- thanks to some assistance from the EU. So it's little wonder that many people here are staunch supporters of the European Union.