Mon, Jan 13 2014
By Deepa Babington and Lefteris Papadimas
Greece (Reuters) - A
Canadian quest to mine for gold in the lush forests of northern Greece is testing the government's resolve to
prove Europe's most ravaged economy is open
again for business.
The Skouries mine on Halkidiki peninsula - a landscape of pristine beaches and rolling hills dotted with olive groves - is among the biggest investments in
sank into a debt crisis four years ago. Greece
But it has set
Greece's desperate need
for finance to rebuild the economy against the interests of its vital tourism
industry, and aroused anger on the peninsula - site of the famed Mount Athos monasteries - over the environmental cost.