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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-19

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  • [01] Karamanlis to depart for Brussels
  • [02] Interview with Kaklamanis
  • [03] Ova trafficking arrest
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Karamanlis to depart for Brussels

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is scheduled to depart for Brussels on Thursday in order to take part in the European Council meeting.

    Karamanlis will attend the European People's Party (EPP) summit, then the European Council meeting at 17:00, followed by the European leaders' working dinner.

    On Friday morning at 9:45, Karamanlis will meet Belgium's prime minister Yves Leterme and will then take part in the second summit meeting. After this he will make statements and then return to Greece.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of prime minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Interview with Kaklamanis

    Absolute certainty that the recent crisis within the main opposition PASOK party will not affect its unity was expressed by former Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis in an exclusive interview with ANA-MPA. Kaklamanis stated that no strategic difference of opinion existed or exists between PASOK President George Papandreou and former party leader and Prime Minister Costas Simitis, commenting on the recent rift between them. He stressed that he was working for PASOK's victory in the next elections to bring Papandreou to the prime minister's office, pointing out that this is the only way to lift Greece out of the crisis. Kaklamanis rejected talk that Papandreou is being undermined, stressing that there are certain publishing and financial sector forces that do not like the fact that he is the party's elected president, adding that Euro-elections will be the first vociferous sign of a major political change that will be completed with the national elections. He expressed the view that opinion polls reflect mainly the people's disapproval of the government, which he said would have already collapsed if it hadn't ensured an unprecedented immunity on the part of the media. The former parliament president lashed out at the government and the prime minister, characterizing their term in office as a failure, and harmful for Greece and democracy, while he also blamed the government because parliament "is not operating today as dictated by its Rules of Procedure and the Constitution".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of former Parliament President and main opposition PASOK party parliament member Apostolos Kaklamanis

    [03] Ova trafficking arrest

    A 41-year-old Romanian national was arrested late Wednesday night on the island of Crete, charged with trafficking and sale of female ova, taken from two Romanian women he and a female accomplice had kept in captivity.

    The accomplice, a Romanian woman, was wanted by police.

    According to the case file, the Romanian man and wanted woman held the two women, aded 20 and 27, locked up in an apartment in Chania.

    The 27-year-old woman was forcefully given injections in the abdomen with a pharmaceutical product to induce the production of more ova, which the man would later sell for 600 to 2000 euros per ovum.

    Police are investigating the possible involvement of more accomplices, while an examination has also been ordered determine whether the 20-year-old woman was also subjected to the same procedure.

    An Athens obstetrician/gynaecologist told ANA/MPA that removal of the ova was a very delicate and specialised procedure, and could be done only through paracentesis.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the city of Chania, Crete

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Rallies in Athens and Brussels against the high cost of living and skyrocketing inflation, the internal crisis in main opposition PASOK party, and the ratification of Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE)-Deutsche Telekom contract by parliament dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Radical changes in transfers for 57,000 municipal employees'".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The dispute over main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou augments - PASOK's members that object former prime minister Costas Simitis expulsion multiply".

    AVGHI: "Brussels and Athens in the grip of demonstrations - Outrage over goverments' idleness against profiteers and cartels".

    AVRIANI: "2 -3 minister have taken money under the table from Siemens - The prosecutor traced a DM3.3 million bank account belonging to a high-ranking member of (the former) Simitis government".

    CHORA: "High cost of living at EU summit in Brussels - European leaders in the vise of thousands of demonstrators".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "The OTE-Deutsche Telekom 'marriage' ratified on Wednesday in parliament".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "PASOK accusations against (Economy and Finance Minister George) Alogoskoufis just before the proposal for a preliminary investigation into the Deutsche Telekom-OTE agreement".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Euro-uprising over high cost of living - The 27 leaders of Europe discuss 'patches' ".

    ESTIA: "Third pole wanted - Political dead-end on the horizon".

    ETHNOS: "Profiteering with...outrageous surcharges - Farmers and consumers pay for the lack of price inspections ".

    KATHIMERINI: "PASOK member implicated in Siemens case - He never held a governmental position - He is said to have received 1 million deutschemarks".

    LOGOS: "Taking to the strees over the soaring prices - Citizens' protest in Athens".

    NIKI: "Mrs. Alogoskoufis (wife of the economy and finance minister) a (business) partner of the Germans - Huge scandal charged by PASOK in parliament".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Demonstrations and rallies in 45 cities of Greece on Thursday against high cost of living".

    TA NEA: "Hidden tax on first home - Finance Ministry gaffe lights fires".

    TO VIMA: "On to Brussels, with tractors - Europewide mobilisation over high cost of living".

    VRADYNI: "Everything changing for municipal workers - (Interior minister Prokopis) Pavlopoulos' circular introduces considerable innovations".

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