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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-04

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  • [01] PM Costas Karamanlis holds talks with U.S. Ambassador Daniel Speckhard
  • [02] Ragoussis to address political event
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM Costas Karamanlis holds talks with U.S. Ambassador Daniel Speckhard

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis held a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Athens Daniel Speckhard at the Maximos Mansion office in Athens on Friday morning. The talks lasted for one hour and 20 minutes. No statements were made after the meeting. On Thursday, Karamanlis was briefed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis. After the meeting, Bakoyiannis referred to the prime minister's formal visit to Turkey stressing that it is scheduled and the date will be announced.

    On Wednesday, the prime minister reiterated that he is determined to proceed with necessary reforms for the country, speaking during a reception by the Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce. "During a difficult and fluid international juncture, the Greek economy is on the right course, indicating that it has a strong growth rate allowing us to confront any challenges."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] Ragoussis to address political event

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) spokesman Yiannis Ragoussis will address a political event-dinner at the Trikala Prefecural Committee at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. At noon at Trikala, northern Greece, Ragoussis will give a press conference at the offices of the Trikala Prefecural Committee.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of PASOK spokesman Yiannis Ragoussis.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The latest developments in the investigation involving former culture ministry secretary general Christos Zachopoulos, the legalisation of illegally built houses, the rise in the price of oil, the letter by the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) on the collective labour agreement and predictions on the course of the Athens Stock Exchange dominated the headlines in Athens' dailies on Friday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Employment for 40,000 young people. For those unable to continue their secondary school education ."

    APOGEVMATINI: "The government denounces the protagonists of the scandals and scandal-mongering."

    AVGHI: "Share of the excessive profits for salary increases. The lowest daily wage in our country is half that of the European average."

    AVRIANI:"The greatest part of the material from the trapping of Christos Zachopoulos is in the hands of a gang of blackmailers."

    TO VIMA: "1,500 public businesses are closing under the pressure of their debts. 35,000 employees are at a loss."

    VRADYNI: "Structure. Changes and express incorporations. New regions in the Town Planning."

    ETHNOS: "We distance ...Zachopoulos. 180 degrees turn by the Maximos Mansion (prime minister's office) for fear of scandals."

    ELEFTHERI ORA:"(Prime Minister Costas) Karamanlis goes to Ankara in the third week of the month."

    ELEFTHEROS: "They again mixed up their lines in the government over the issue of Christos Zachopoulos."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Plan for 50,000 illegally built houses in Attica. The prefecture speeds up the legalisation of 50,000 acres. Another 60,000 buildings in Thessaloniki and Halkidiki awaited."

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Ten shadows over the Maximos Mansion. How the effort to cover up the issue (Zachopoulos) with 'mistakes' and oversights was set up."

    ESTIA: "Tragic mistakes by the Maximos Mansion. The controversial video should not have been delivered."

    KATHIMERINI: "Oil chokes the economy. Fears that it will soon reach 110 dollars a barrel."

    LOGOS: "Two 'lines' in the government. Reservedness over the Christos Zachopoulos issue."

    TA NEA: "The (ruling) New Democracy party 'burns' Zachopoulos for the sake of (Prime Minister Costas) Karamanlis. Maximos Mansion fears the disclosures."

    NIKI: "At the orders of the Maximos Mansion, they are attempting in every way for the Zachopoulos issue to be forgotten."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The imperialist competition in the Middle East is intensifying. Press conference by the Communist Party of Greece's (KKE) Secretary General (Aleka Papariga)."

    CHORA: " Competition for employment. Prefectures, Foreign Ministry, Education Ministry."

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