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What does the future hold for the two-time mayor?

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June 14, 2018 17:13
 YIANNIS BOUTARIS, mayor of Thessaloniki and a leader of Greece’s boutique wine revolution – jackete

YIANNIS BOUTARIS, mayor of Thessaloniki and a leader of Greece’s boutique wine revolution – jacketed, but never with a tie. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Yiannis Boutaris is wiry, slightly stooped and bow-legged, with round metal glasses, gelled, spiky gray hair and thick, dark eyebrows. He sports an earring and seven tattoos. He wears numerous jangling bracelets and bangles. His office, full of bric-a-brac, looks like that room in the house that has never been tidied. He never wears a tie, but will agree to a jacket that covers his colorful suspenders. His desk carries a likeness of a phallic symbol and a pad containing Hebrew letters. He is eccentric and charismatic but speaks quietly and gives an air of honesty and authenticity.

Meet the mayor of Thessaloniki.

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