It was the year Cadbury’s caused outrage among chocolate lovers by changing the recipe for its beloved Creme Egg, and fizzy drinks giant Coca-Cola was tricked into tweeting out large chunks of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
But 2015 was mainly about Greece: Greece’s debt crisis, Greece’s referendum, Greece’s bailout, Greece’s election, Greece’s second election. At one point it really seemed that the battered country, which has been through so much, would finally crash out of the eurozone.
Of our 10 most popular stories during the year, seven were about Greece. Our coverage was dominated by our live business blog, in which Graeme Wearden tirelessly documented the extraordinary events as they happened. Five of the blogs had more than 1m page views; two had more than 2m.
Based on the number of page views, here’s the full list of the 10 most popular stories from Guardian business in 2015.
In a marathon Brussels summit lasting more than 16 hours – the longest in EU history – an agreement was finally reached that would lead to a third bailout for Greece and keep the country in the eurozone.
It was also a marathon Guardian live blog, running for more than 26 hours, as we detailed the nail biting progress of the talks and prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s eventual agreement to a further swathe of austerity measures and economic reforms. (12-13 July)
Coke tweeted the words “My father was a civil servant who fulfilled his duty very conscientiously” in the shape of a pirate ship with a face on its sails – wearing an eyepatch – before the account was suspended. (5 February)
The long-running debt debacle left Greece without a financial lifeline after years of wrenching austerity, and represented a historic blow to a Europe committed to the irreversibility of its 16-year-old single currency. (1 July)
On the eve of the expiry of Greece’s second bailout, Tsipras used a TV address to ask the shell-shocked Greek public to back his resistance to a new round of tough tax increases and spending cuts demanded by the troika.
Europe’s big guns lined up one after another to tell the Greeks unequivocally that voting No in Sunday’s referendum would mean saying goodbye to the euro. (30 June)
The move came after the European central bank froze the emergency support offered to the Greek banking sector – two days after the Greek prime minister shocked Europe by calling a referendum. (29 June)
Neither alternative – approval or rejection of the troika’s terms – would be easy, he said, and both carried huge risks.
“But a yes vote would mean depression almost without end … By contrast, a no vote would at least open the possibility that Greece, with its strong democratic tradition, might grasp its destiny in its own hands.” (29 June)