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.


Greece's Crisis of Faith

The Far Right

The rise of neo-fascist Golden Dawn party has become a moral test for Greece, where economic distress has stoked the country’s deep-rooted cultural nationalism.

Greece's Crisis of Faith

State of the Church

"You see priests driving around in expensive cars. They take the money for themselves and don’t help anyone.”

Greece's Crisis of Faith

The Meaning of a Mosque

“Christians can pray in designated places, so why do Muslims have to go underground? The government makes us feel like second-class citizens."

Greece's Crisis of Faith

Lives in Limbo

While many Greeks have worked hard to welcome the refugees, many more remain wary of Muslim outsiders.