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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-17

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  • [01] PM: Steadfast on path of responsibility
  • [02] Architectural exhibition at Municipal Theatre of Piraeus
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: Steadfast on path of responsibility

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis addressed an election rally in the northern city of Serres on Wednesday evening, stressing that unlike the main opposition PASOK party, his ruling New Democracy party remained steadfast on the path of responsibility.

    "I personally feel a heavy debt toards the present and future of our country," Karamanlis said, adding that "Greece and the Greeks are my thought and my concern and my only care. It is the national interest. This is what I have done throughout my entire political course and this is what I am doing now and this is what I shall always do."

    The prime minister criticised all that PASOK leader George Papandreou said about the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline stressing that "we reject all that the leader of PASOK claims about the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline. His view that this pipeline supposedly serves the interests of the Russian side is inconceivable and peculiar. One thing is certain and that is that it deals a blow at the country's interests."

    He also called on PASOK to clarify the "half-words" that it has been saying recently regarding the issue of the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and addressed a message to FYROM's leadership, saying that no one can give a paper of pardon to their nationalists.

    "We want relations of friendship and cooperation with all. If indeed the leadership of Skopje (FYROM) chooses the Euroatlantic institutions, it has to do one thing" and explained that "it must look at the map of the principles and values of Europe and find the path leading to relations of good neighbourliness. It must obtain a passport with full and final data. There are no other paths and other passports are not acceptable. In this case we have drawn clear red lines and we shall not take even one step back from these lines."

    The prime minister also accused PASOK of announcing expenditures "running into billions which will lead to the uncontrolable swelling of the deficit and of the debt."

    He further said that the main opposition party "is distributing promises that go beyond the limits of the economy's endurance and it contradicts itself, proving absolute unreliability."

    At the same time, he stressed that PASOK did not dare to reveal the tough measures it would take if it came to power and that "it is saying nothing specific about fiscal restructuring...promising to make Greece 'Denmark of the south'."

    Karamanlis also insisted on the projects that his government has completed or are under way in Northern Greece, saying that "from 2004 until today, in Serres, in Central Macedonia, in Northern Greece, the landscape is changing from one day to another. The absorption rate of EU funds has exceeded 115 percent from 15 percent that it was in 2004. We put once again the forgotten , until then, Region on the Map of Development. We are directing 80 percent of the EU funds of the new Programming period outside Attica. Of these, 4.8 billion are coming here, to Central Macedonia."

    The prime minister added that "over the past period, we have completed here, in Northern Greece, the biggest project of all times. The Egnatia Motorway, an ultramodern axis, is already linking the East with the West and is bringing, with its lateral axes, our Northern neighbours closer."

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis addresses a campaign rally in the northeastern Greek city of Serres on 16 September 2009. ANA-MPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

    [02] Architectural exhibition at Municipal Theatre of Piraeus

    An architectural exhibition entitled "Deus ex Machina - The magic of the stage of Municipal Theatre of Piraeus - A technological achievement of 19th century theatre stage mechanisms" will open at the Municipal Gallery in Piraeus on Sept. 22-24.

    The exhibition will be held within the framework of the "Days of European Cultural Heritage 2009" events.

    The Municipal Theatre in Piraeus, built between 1884 and 1895, is a noted monument of 19th century public building architecture in Greece, influenced by the neo-classical style of the French and German traditions. ANA-MPA/George Christakis

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The final stretch to the October 4 general elections and the economic crisis mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "ND's hidden card in the event of a marginal self-sufficient majority".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Big turnout at Karamanlis' rally in the northeastern Greek city of Serres".

    AVGHI: "All parts of society represented in Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) election tickets".

    AVRIANI: "The televised debate will be Karamanlis' last chance to narrow the difference with main opposition PASOK".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New polls foresees PASOK easy win in elections".

    ESTIA: "Elections laws: Kindergarten! Papandreou preannounced new change".

    ETHNOS: "Situation in ND out of control even in its traditional bastions".

    KATHIMERINI: "Karamanlis', Papandreou's pros and cons".

    LOGOS: "Last-minute agreement on the TV debates".

    NIKI: "Karamanlis opens succession issue - The extent of defeat will decide ND's fate".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Strong Communist Party will make life difficult for ND and PASOK".

    TA NEA: "ND in chaos - Voters and candidates are abandoning the party".

    TO VIMA: "Karamanlis leaving behind 292 billion euros state debt".

    VRADYNI: "PASOK leader George Papandreou's generalities frighten the people".

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