Developers threaten to tear up Gerald Durrell’s Greek paradise

About a mile off north-east Corfu, terns, cormorants and the island’s last colony of rock doves wheel over a rocky islet that was formed, legend has it, when a furious Poseidon turned the ship that had delivered Odysseus home into stone.

Now, locals fear the landscape here is about to be redrawn again – not by a petulant god, but by developers of a luxury hotel complex on the headland overlooking the islet.

The resulting dispute has climbed to the highest levels of the Greek government and drawn American investment funds, British plutocrats and the family of Gerald Durrell into a struggle that has implications not only for Corfu, but Greece as a whole.

The battle began in the aftermath of the…

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