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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-11

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  • [01] Papandreou comments from Thessaloniki
  • [02] Karatzaferis attends new school year ceremony
  • [03] Tsipras: All in debate

  • [01] Papandreou comments from Thessaloniki

    "Our slogan 'change or sink' totally fits in the case of Thessaloniki," main opposition PASOK President George Papandreou underlined in the city during a brief meeting with local producer sector representatives on Friday. Papandreou arrived in the northern Greece city on the occasion of the 74th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) and his address at the exhibition.

    Papandreou stated that "all major projects are falling behind schedule", while he referred to "cliental settlements" maintaining that this is a "reflection of the country's image as a whole."

    He said that "such practices do not allow the country to move forward creating a widespread crisis - and not just in the sector of the economy - while causing insecurity to business people and wage earners. Thus, new investments are discouraged and Thessaloniki isn't promoted into a strategic place for the country and the Balkans," Papandreou stated.

    Earlier in the day, he attended a school year commencement ceremony in the northern Thessaloniki district of Sykies.

    [02] Karatzaferis attends new school year ceremony

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) party president George Karatzaferis attended the traditional school opening ceremony on Friday, as he visited the a special "bioclimatic school" in the Paleo Faliro district of southern Athens. Addressing the pupils, he noted that "nothing in life is given away whereas everything is won with great effort."

    Responding to a question on the issue of the novel influenza, Karatzaferis stated that "society should move on" and concluded that the number of "the influenza-caused deaths in Greece is smaller than the number of road accident victims recorded in a day."

    [03] Tsipras: All in debate

    The Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) grouping's secretariat underlined, in a statement on Friday, that it has been repeatedly made clear that there is "no room for policy convergence, cooperation or a display of tolerance toward the political parties that are responsible for the anti-popular policy, including (main opposition) PASOK."

    The statement also mentions that "the people need a strong opposition" and "not a succession of center-left or center-right management of the crisis", characterising as "hypocritical the threat of lack of governance raised by those who promote a strong majority government or those who want a coalition government formed by the two major political parties."

    Meanwhile, Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) president Alexis Tsipras, who heads the largest bloc in the leftist SYRIZA grouping, stated that "society wants a different policy than the one that led to labor uncertainty and is not interested in the candidates that will be included in the ballots of the two major political parties."

    On the televised debate of the two major political party leaders, he said that his party supports the "French model", adding that such a confrontation will reveal the similarities and convergence of their policies.

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