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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-11

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  • [01] PM: Greece-India cooperation of great importance
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: Greece-India cooperation of great importance

    New Delhi (ANA-MPA/S. Goutzanis) -- Greek prime minister Costas Karamanlis, shortly after his arrival in New Delhi on a three-day official visit to India, said the visit was an excellent opportunity for further development of bilateral relations and expanding cooperation between Greece and India in the political and economic sectors.

    "I place particular importance on Greece's cooperation with India, country of broad economic and political importance, with an outstanding role on the international scene," Karamanlis said, following his official reception by Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday morning.

    Karamanlis, who arrived in India on Thursday evening, said that there were many points of mutual interest, and that the two countries had exceptional cooperation in international organisations, adding that they could work jointly to further strengthen EU-India relations.

    "In recent years, our economic relations have entered a new phase, and my presence here will give new momentum to develop them further, to the benefit of both countries," the Greek premier said, adding that "we place great importance on strengthening our cooperation in the fields of education and culture."

    Following the official welcoming ceremony, Karamanlis met with India's external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, and was received by Indian President Pratibha Patil.

    Karamanlis, who is accompanied by foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis, minister of state and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos, and the head of the prime minister's press office Yiannis Andrianou, is also scheduled to meet with Indian vice-president Hamid Ansari, and the head of the main opposition party.

    Karamanlis' itinerary further includes the laying of a wreath at the Gandhi Monument and a trip to Agra and the Taj Mahal, after which the prime minister's party will spend the night in Jaipur.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The social security reform issue that from now on it will be handled by the Prime Minister, the FinMin's call for self-control to reduce inflation, the Zachopoulos affair, and turmoil in main opposition PASOK ahead of the party's Congress in March dominated headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "PASOK falling apart after provocative expulsion of member affiliated to Evangelos Venizelos".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Archbishop wants to fight his illness at home - Refuses to go to hospital".

    AVGHI: "High cost of living and social security issue spur new labour action".

    AVRIANI: "(PASOK leader George) Papandreou 'nudging' Venizelos out of the party, which will result in the founding of a new party that will give rise to radical changes on the political scene".

    CHORA: "Raise in wages and pensions above the inflation rate".

    ELEFTHEROS: "All political parties in a state of nervous breakdown".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Suicides made in Greece - Three youths who had announced via Internet their intentions to commit suicide were saved by the police's Electronic Crime Squad".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Unrest in New Democracy and PASOK - Turbulence before PASOK congress - Headache in India (where the PM is an official visit)".

    ESTIA: "Inflation is out of control - Impossible to make any forecast for 2008".

    ETHNOS: "End of dialogue on social security reforms - PM will announce the final arrangements".

    KATHIMERINI:"Social security issue in PM's hands - Karamanlis considers the reforms as a personal wager".

    LOGOS: "Turbulence in PASOK en route to March's party congress"

    NIKI: "PASOK and New Democracy a boiling pot - Political life in an extended crisis".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Workers-labourers-poor farmers rise up and react against anti-popular social security measures".

    TA NEA: "The examining magistrate on Zachopoulos affair calls again PM's press office director Yiannis Adrianos - Two bombs threaten Maximos Mansion (government headquarters)".

    TO VIMA: "DVD-gate threatens government - Rumours spreading over its content- Zachopoulos affair consequences are catalytical for government".

    VRADYNI: "Judges livid with PASOK and media - Stop pressuring and playing games at the expense of Justice".

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