Greek hospitals have been accused of threatening not to release babies after they're born, unless their parents pay the bill for the delivery. Others are accused of withholding birth certificates. All of this because the Greek budget crisis has eroded health insurance coverage and hospital budget cuts.
In Greece, the government is moving to another round of elections after the latest round produced no viable government. Meanwhile, economists are worried that the instability between now and then could cause economic havoc, not the least of which is Greeks who are pulling their savings out of Greek banks in fears that a default could cost them their life savings.
As Europe digests the results of recent elections, there's a growing sense that decisions made there today could land in the United States in the heart of the election season. That could be a deciding factor in whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama are chosen to serve the next four-year term as President of the United States.
Giorgos Germenis was one of 21 members of the Golden Dawn party, often associated with neo-Nazis and fascism, elected to the Greek Parliament. He's a member of a black metal band -- a type of music associated with dark, violent themes and satanism. He's not your typical politician.
The Greece of today is nothing like the triumphant Greece that hosted the 2004 Olympic games. Unemployment is high, anger is high and mental health is frayed. That's the findings of a reporter who used to live in Greece and headed back to see what's changed in the days of austerity and budget cuts.
Greek voters threw out the most prominent political parties, the two parties that have backed austerity measures, in favor of far-right and far-left politicians who promised an end to EU-mandated budget cuts and tax increases. But there's no indication anyone will be able to form a government.
In Volos, locals have started to use their own barter-based currency, called TEM. It hasn't replaced the euro but lives alongside it, and local residents say they can't imagine how their economy would function without it.
As Greece tries to recover from the bailouts, the failed economy and the austerity measures, a small group of protesters have gathered outside the European Central Bank in Germany to criticize the measures that bank has insisted on in order for Greece to access the bailout funds it needs.
Greece's antiquities are being stolen at an increased rate as Greek budgets shrink — especially those for security around cultural sites. Greece's archaeologists are turning to the public for help in keeping the country's heritage top of mind as budgets get cut.
In Greece, the economic downturn and debt crisis has forced an increasingly large number of people out on the street. The government shelters can't do enough, so it's left up to private groups. And they're struggling to meet the burden.