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The geography of southern Europe is dominated by mountain ranges such as the Alps and the Pyrenees. Although the mountainous terrain contributes to the outstanding natural beauty, for millennia, it has confounded travelers, often leaving them with no choice but to face arduous and sometimes dangerous journeys around the mountains to reach their destinations.

Thessaloniki Metro: Excavating the city’s future

Greek’s second biggest city Thessaloniki has an incredible cultural history going back thousands of years. Just like the more well-known Athens, its streets are full of beautiful ancient buildings, most notably the white tower, by now synonymous with the city’s beautiful seaport. But like Athens, and indeed, most of Greece, what goes on below ground is almost as much of interest as what happens at street level. 

The geography of southern Europe is dominated by mountain ranges such as the Alps and the Pyrenees. Although the mountainous terrain contributes to the outstanding natural beauty, for millennia, it has confounded travelers, often leaving them with no choice but to face arduous and sometimes dangerous journeys around the mountains to reach their destinations.

Portugal has made an exemplary rebound from the financial crisis that began 10 years ago. This rebound has been driven by its capital city Lisbon, which has gained a reputation across Europe as something of a tech hub. Its hosting of Web Summit, the world’s largest tech event, attracts the greatest minds in technology to the Portuguese capital every year - over 200,000 people in total.

When the Web Summit chose Lisbon as its destination in 2016, it cited the city’s infrastructure as one its main motivations for doing so. A key component in this infrastructure is Metro Lisboa, the city’s metro network. In 2019, it will celebrate 60 years of service to ‘Alfacinhas’ (as Portuguese people affectionately call people from their capital), so we decided it was a good time to check in on the metro and admire its progress. 

The Spanish island of Tenerife is not only one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations - welcoming over 5 million tourists per year - it could also lay claim to having the fastest-growing population of any region in Europe. Between 2000 and 2017, its population rose from 709,365 to 865,070 - an increase of a phenomenal 3.14% per year. Fast forward to 2018, and the population is closing in on 900,000 people.

Athens International Airport (AIA) is a prime example of the difference that business excellence can make. In 2013, passenger numbers had fallen to a 10-year low as Greece suffered a post-financial crisis. Fast forward 5 years, AIA has witnessed a dynamic growth with all-time record in terms of Passenger number, Flights, Cargo traffic culminating with a strong Financial Performance

The Alentejo district of Portugal is sometimes referred to as the ‘bread basket’ of Portugal thanks to its rich food reserves. However, ever since Swedish firm Lundin Mining acquired the Neves-Corvo mine back in 2006 as part of its merger with EuroZinc mining, the region’s land has become famous internationally outside the traditional areas of agriculture and cork.

After almost 10 years of austerity, thankfully it appears that Greece is coming out of some of the most turbulent times in its modern history. In August 2018, its third and final bailout program came to a finish, signaling to everyone not just the resilience of the Greek people, but also testifying to the huge sacrifices made by the country over the course of the last decade.

The Paris Climate Agreement of 2016 represented a commitment by nearly 200 countries across the world to lower their carbon emissions starting in 2020. Achieving the carbon reductions these countries committed to will be a significant challenge - either they will have to reduce their overall energy requirements or deliver the same overall levels of energy using cleaner methods.

The wine industry can trace its roots back to at least 5,000 BC, where evidence exists that it was being consumed in various parts of Southern Europe and parts of Asia. Despite having a much more recent history in relative terms in Latin America, the wines of Chile and Argentina, (so-called ‘new world wines’) are already commonplace on the wine lists of the world’s most exclusive restaurants. 

Diamonds are forever, as they say, and it’s a fact that they will always be desirable but the international diamond trade is not immune from economic volatility: we spoke to Erik A. Jens, CEO of Diamond and Jewellery Clients at ABN AMRO and one of the most influential financiers to the business

The Kvanefjeld Project of Greenland Minerals and Energy has been boosted by a new technical partnership and progress in both Greenland and Denmark towards regulation for radioactive materials

The world needs rare earths in quantities and Greenland needs inward investment, employment and the chance to trade in global markets while making use of its strategic position close to the transatlantic trade routes

Alacer operates the world-class ├ç├Âpler gold mine that produced more than 271,000 ounces of gold during 2013, a record figure achieved with exemplary safety performance: this is the company's primary asset and of strategic importance for Turkey's growing mining industry