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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-25

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  • [01] ND candidates agree on election process
  • [02] Karatzaferis: 'Hollywood-style' gov't unable to follow real developments
  • [03] Docu-drama on Rebetiko legend Roza Eskenazi filmed

  • [01] ND candidates agree on election process

    The three candidates for the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leadership on Tuesday expressed agreement on all matters concerning the process of electing a new ND president, after a meeting with organisation committee chairman Dimitris Sioufas, party secretary Lefteris Zagoritis and ND general director Menelaos Daskalakis, five days ahead of Sunday's election.

    Sioufas said that the meeting examined the entire course to Sunday "when ND will take an important for the election of the party leader by the ND grass roots".

    He added that the three candidates agreed on all the matters concerning the election, both in the first round this Sunday and in a second round the following week if required.

    Candidate Dora Bakoyannis, former foreign minister and ex-Athens mayor, said that a major effort was made, resulting in agreement among all the candidates.

    She also called on all the party members to turn out on Sunday, stressing that "the election of a party leader is a very serious cause", adding that, with everyone's cooperation, everything will go well.

    Fellow candidate Antonis Samaras, former culture minister, said that there was excellent cooperation on all the issues.

    The third candidate, Thessaloniki prefect Panagiotis Psomiadis, said that he was in agreement on all points, adding that "united, we can emerge stronger on the morning after".

    [02] Karatzaferis: 'Hollywood-style' gov't unable to follow real developments

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis on Wednesday launched a scathing attack against the government, accusing it of "not being able to follow real developments" in the country.

    "The country is facing bankruptcy, while PASOK demonstrates an inability to follow real developments," Karatzaferis said at a press conference.

    "A series of decisions, such as overturning the vehicle withdrawal measure, the port of Piraeus and differences between government officials prove, in practice, that the Hollywood-style government of (Prime Minister) George Papandreou doesn't operate smoothly," he added.

    Karatzaferis also charged that after 50 days in office the PASOK government "has not tabled a single bill in Parliament, it has not appointed ministries' secretary generals or even regional directors..."

    He also directly accused the prime minister of attempting to "alter the electorate by giving the right of vote to migrants."

    "Greece does not live in a safe neighborhood for us to proceed with such initiatives."

    [03] Docu-drama on Rebetiko legend Roza Eskenazi filmed

    The turbulent yet famously creative and colourful life of Roza Eskenazi, an incomparable performer of Rebetiko and Asia Minor music in a handful of languages and whose career spanned much of the 20th century, is the subject of a docu-drama being shot in Thessaloniki by an Israeli film crew over the recent period.

    Entitled "My Sweet Canary", the film stars Israeli actress Yasmin Levy (in the photo), who is also known for her renditions of songs in Ladino, the heavily Spanish-influenced language of Thessaloniki's landmark Sephardic Jewish community.

    The docu-drama is directed by 32-year-old Haifa native Roy Sher, who spoke about the production on Wednesday in Thessaloniki. Sher said he discovered Rebetiko music and the works of Eskenazi, who died in 1980 near Corinth, in a small tavern in Jerusalem in 2004.

    Greek state broadcaster ERT is a co-producer of the 90-minute film, which is expected to be released in roughly six months.


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