REFILE WITH CORRECT BYLINE Logs are piled up in the forest area where Hellas Gold will construct an open pit to extract gold in Skouries, at the Halkidiki region, northern Greece August 16, 2013. A... more 
REFILE WITH CORRECT BYLINE Logs are piled up in the forest area where Hellas Gold will construct an open pit to extract gold in Skouries, at the Halkidiki region, northern Greece August 16, 2013. A Canadian quest to mine for gold in the lush forests of northern Greece is testing the government's resolve to prove Europe's most ravaged economy is open again for business. The Skouries mine on Halkidiki peninsula is among the biggest investments in Greece since it sank into a debt crisis four years ago. Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold Corp, which owns 95 percent of Hellas Gold, took over the project in 2012, promising to invest $1 billion over the next five years as part of a plan to mine eventually source up to 30 percent of its global gold production in Greece. Yet preliminary work on the mine, which is supposed to open in 2016, has set off months of politicking and protests. To match Insight GREECE-GOLD/ Picture taken August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS COMMODITIES CIVIL UNREST ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL) less 
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