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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-09

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  • [01] Papandreou addresses rally in Alexandroupolis
  • [02] Velimezi Collection on display at Hermitage Museum
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou addresses rally in Alexandroupolis

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addressed a party rally in the northern city of Alexandroupoli on Tuesday evening, stressing that "the time has come to leave decline behind and to place the country on a course of national recovery".

    Papandreou said that PASOK "is determined to clash with every conception and establishment that keeps the country behind," adding that "we do not owe to anyone and we are only accountable to the people."

    The PASOK leader further said that in the elections "two parties and two candidate prime ministers alone are not clashing, but two diametrically opposite political conceptions" and underlined that "we are optimistic because we know what we have and we know how to utilise it."

    Papandreou also focused on "green development" and pointed out that "Greece can become an international leader in providing traditional and alternative tourist services."

    He said that the New Democracy party government was "never interested in utilising the country's major advantages but only in sharing wealth with a few and our guys."

    Papandreou stressed that what "is necessary first of all for an exit from the morass of decline is a new leadership that will provide a new governance".

    He also said that the PASOK government guarantees a dynamic foreign policy that will once again provide prestige and strength on an international level, public free and qualitative education for all, a new and fair redistribution of wealth and a new social state that will function in the citizens' interests.

    Caption: Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addresses a party rally in the northern city of Alexandroupoli on Tuesday 8 September 2009. ANA-MPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

    [02] Velimezi Collection on display at Hermitage Museum

    The post-Byzantine-era icons of the Velimezi Collection, acquired in 2008 by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, will be on display in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, beginning Sept. 11, an exhibition held under the auspices of Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

    The traveling exhibition was launched in 1997 and has already been displayed in 19 state capitals.

    The Velimezi Collection comprises a total of 91 rare post-Byzantine icons, dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, representative of various workshops in different parts of the Greek-speaking world.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Parties' plans and campaigns ahead of general elections on October 4 mostly dominated the headlines in Athens' newspapers on Wednesday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Main opposition PASOK preannounced a harsh tax policy".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Sweeping changes in ruling New Democracy's MP candidates".

    AVGHI: "All together with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA)".

    AVRIANI: "PASOK's secret plan on the economy foresees tax 'tempest' for enterprises, banks, property owners and professionals".

    ELEFTHEROS: "ND proclaims war on Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) party".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Karamanlis to deal with high profile cadres and nepotism".

    ESTIA: "New elections on November 15, if no party achieves a self-sufficient majority".

    ETHNOS: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' encounter with nepotism - His uncle Achilleas announced his decision to run for parliament".

    KATHIMERINI: "ND and PASOK party officials investing in TV debate".

    LOGOS: "Clash over Karamanlis-Papandreou debate".

    NIKI: "Karamanlis a hostage of nepotism - Civil war in ND with Karamanlis as a simple spectator".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "People united against either mainstream party's (ND and PASOK) election".

    TA NEA: "Deceit with the measures against the flu in schools".

    TO VIMA: "Parliament's renewal - New appearances in candidate lists".

    VRADYNI: "The 'green' (PASOK's color) salad for the economy - Mess and confusion over the necessary measures".

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