The Greek debt crisis collided with one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, pushing the country toward financial ruin as it struggled to accommodate wave after wave of refugees. Beneath the dual crises is one of the most religious countries in the world, a waning Greek Orthodox Church and a Christian/Muslim culture clash in a strained society.
The right-wing Golden Dawn party seized the moment, winning supporters seeking an outlet for their resentment. Meanwhile Athens’ first official mosque in nearly two centuries is due to open in July. With debate about Greece’s financial obligations again heating up and a trial against Golden Dawn underway, The GroundTruth Project in partnership with a team of 12 early-career journalists from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism set out to understand the country’s religious and political terrain.