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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-04

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  • [01] Panathinaikos beats Werder Bremen
  • [02] Dems Abroad Athens event sold out

  • [01] Panathinaikos beats Werder Bremen

    Panathinaikos beat 3-0 Werder Bremen in a Champions League Group B match played at Weserstadion in Bremen on Tuesday night. The goals were scored by Vangelis Mantzios 58, Giorgios Karagounis 70, Alexandros Tziolis 83.

    [02] Dems Abroad Athens event sold out

    A decidedly skewed appearance characterised the rival US election day gatherings of the Republicans and Democrats Abroad on Tuesday evening in Athens, with the former bringing together barely 20 local supporters of the McCain-Palin ticket as opposed to a "sold-out" and raucous happening for roughly 500 Obama-Biden supporters.

    The unabashed support in Greece for Sen. Barack Obama, mirroring and even exceeding other Europeans' preferences for the ongoing US presidential election, was evident in Athens, as a huge video screen showed images of the Illinois senator's campaign as a cover band played rock classics in one of the Greek capital's upscale hotels.

    Asked to explain the huge support for the Democratic contender by Greek Americans and the Greek people in general, Republicans Abroad Greece chairwoman Katerina Papathanassiou dismissed a widely held belief in the east Mediterranean country that an Obama administration would be much closer to a handful of issues of particular Greek interest, including the now timely FYROM "name issue" issue.

    "Sen. McCain, in fact, wrote a letter to President Bush about the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the reopening of the Halki school (in Turkey), and he's fully briefed on Greek issues. He didn't issue any specific paper on any country as he (McCain) believes in solving the issues with diplomacy," she said.

    In his greeting at the separate gatherings, US ambassador to Greece Daniel Speckhard said it absolutely heartening to see the enthusiasm for the current US campaign in Greece being played out across the United States, where he cited the fact that up to 15 million new voters will cast their ballot in these elections.

    Speckhard, hours before the first early exit polls are announced, also cited the fact that he is Washington top envoy in the birthplace of democracy, Greece.

    -- hkt

    Caption: Obama supporters in Greece are shown in a file photo dated June 1, 2008, after holding banners and placards in support of the Illinois Senator from atop a state-of-the-art pedestrian bridge built for the 2004 Athens Games in the Greek capital. ANA-MPA

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