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The murder of 4-year-old Anna Borisova, Yannis Varoufakis and Dimitar Berbatov got the highest ratings among GRReporter's readership in 2015

29 December 2015 / 17:12:21  GRReporter
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This summary of the most read articles and the most watched documentaries has already become traditional. At the end of the year, it is a time to take stock and see which parts of the varied content we have offered you have best gripped your attention. This year has lavished fascinating events upon us, so competition will be fierce, and rankings – pretty intriguing.

An event, which has undeniably spurred a great deal of interest both among our readers and among the public in Greece and Bulgaria, was, unfortunately, a heinous crime and a tragedy: the murder of 4-year-old Anna Borisova. We published pretrial-related materials, along with our original photos and videos, tracing all the developments around the police investigation and the confessions of Anna's murderous father.

Dimitar Berbatov's transfer to PAOK Salonika and his first matches with the team have given the Bulgarian striker the qualification as "the jewel of the Greek football." In a typical Balkan manner, the superlatives were not spared on Berbatov, nor was the vitriol after the less than confident performance of PAOK and Berbo's frictions with coach Igor Tudor.

The personality of Greece's former finance minister was among the topics most bandied about throughout the year, starting from his tough negotiation style with creditors, passing through his extravagant wardrobe and all the way to his psychological portrait offered by the psychiatry doctor at Athens University, Christos Liapis.

The interview with Greek historian Iakovos Michailidis about the Trikeri camp ruffled some feathers and showed that many events of our recent past have not yet found closure and still foment division and hatred.

The refugee wave sweeping across Europe was another top theme of the year. The reports, interviews and videos we offered you were among the most high profile ones. The Bulgarians, who chose Greece as a tourist destination this year, had to avoid succumbing to hitchhikers. If the latter turned out to be refugees or illegal immigrants, having them in your car would have qualified as human trafficking.

Our feature on the alchemy of bread gained striking popularity and brought us the nomination in the prestigious Media Masters – journalists' Competition for Innovation, Technology and Science.

Our English-language section readership have consistently showed a preference for political and economic reports. Yannis Varoufakis was the preoccupation of the most widely read content. His proletarian life, his rich artistic wife, his psychological portrait and his manner of negotiating grasped the English language readers' attention. For the sake of comparison, Alexis Tsipras, who twice managed to win parliamentary elections in 2015 and is still leading Greece, steps into the ranking of the most widely read content by only two articles. And the second one was not even about him, but about the woman by his side, Peristera Batziana.

The Greek debt was another economic issue, which came into the focus of our readers. Russia was showing interest in what was happening in Greece because it gave Russia the opportunity to influence the European Union through its floundering member state. The possible GREXIT and the return of the drachma was a sword of Damocles hanging over the European Union. And this outcome threatened to unleash the already growing anti-European sentiment in the old continent.

Our international audience also showed a keen interest in the interview given to GRReporter by the former Bulgarian prime minister, Ivan Kostov.

The finding of the throne of Agamemnon in Mycenae became the most read news by the end of 2015.

Tags: Most Read Articles GRReporter 2015 politics society economics Berbatov Greece Varoufakis Tsipras Anna Borisova Agamemnon refugees
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