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  • Dangerous Toys

    Dangerous Toys

    As the Christmas shopping season gets underway, Tasos Telloglou reveals the dangers certain toys on the market pose in a major investigation that ranges from the customs officials responsible for seizing illegal shipments, to the toy factories in Greece and China. He examines the products and the true dangers to be found on the shelves of every child’s favourite place: the toy shop.

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  • The Return of the Greek Spy

    The Return of the Greek Spy

    On Monday the 26th of November, The New Files broadcast a special report featuring exclusive footage of Greece’s most important spy returning home. The New Files followed Stavros Lalas step by step as he journeyed from New York’s JFK airport to Greece, capturing the moment he was finally reunited with his wife Maria and their two children after 14 years of separation. Additionally, from the New Files studio Alexis Papahelas spoke with Stavros Lalas and his family as they tried to come to terms with their new life. Exclusively on The New Files, watch Stavros Lalas’s whole journey through the depths of the American and Greek secret services. Stavros - or Steven - Lalas was released from prison in the U.S. on the 8t...

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  • No way out

    No way out

    Sofia Papaioannou journeys to Artemida in the Peloponese to cast light on the event that shocked the country: the death of a mother and her four children in one of the most violent wildfires Greece has ever seen. The New Files searches for the beginnings of the tragic event and relives the dramatic moments during which 26 people became trapped by flames and died within meters of a fire-truck filled with two-and-a-half tonnes of water. In exclusive interviews, Sofia Papaioannou speaks with the fire-fighting pilot who first spotted the fire as well as the widow of the last victim to succumb to his injuries – the deputy mayor of Zaharo.

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  • Flames over Ancient Olympia

    Flames over Ancient Olympia

    Tasos Telloglou returns to Ancient Olympia and describes minute by minute the dramatic 24hr period during which flames surrounded the ancient stadium, threatened the world-famous museum and ravaged the dense forest on the Kronian Hill. The crucial meetings, the phone calls from the Prime Minister’s office, the actions of the coordinators in Athens, the demands of the local firefighters and the efforts of the locals to save their livelihoods from the fierce flames are just some of the scenes described to The New Files by the people who witnessed first-hand the destruction in those crucial hours. For The New Files Tasos Telloglou answers the question, ‘Why did Olympia burn?’

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  • The Firefighters

    The Firefighters

    Alexis Papachelas reveals the state of the country’s firefighting force prior to August’s devastating wildfires: morale sapping personnel reshufflings, 24hr shifts and idleness in the face of high risks of fires resurging. For the first time since the destruction of the summer, The New Files conducts an in depth investigation into how the events of the summer were handled by the people in uniform. In an exclusive interview a firefighter of a regional coordinating office talks of the ‘shambles’ during the three-day period when much of Greece was burning. Alexis Papahelas visits a closed area of the ravaged mountain of Parnintha, speaks with the head forester of the region, and gains access to Athens’s firefigh...

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