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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-28

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  • [01] Samaras at EPP meeting
  • [02] Man missing in torrent
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras at EPP meeting

    Main opposition leader Antonis Samaras, in Brussels for a European People's Party (EPP) summit, met on Wednesday evening with EPP President Wilfried Martens and discussed the economic situation in Greece, as well as that of Europe in general.

    In statements after the meeting, Samaras stressed that ND had supported many decisive measures and structural changes adopted by the current Greek government in order to achieve fiscal discipline in Greece, pointing out that several of these measures had been initiated when ND was in government.

    At the same time, he stressed that his party had serious objections to a policy mix that "was achieving less than 50 percent efficiency in reducing the deficit" and to austerity measures that were "deepening the recession rather than restricting the deficit".

    Concerning economic governance in Europe, Samaras said that he had conveyed his concern to Martens over recent rifts in Europe's social cohesion and stressed that the EPP was in favour of a social market economy, operating along healthy free market principles and fiscal discipline based on firm foundations of social cohesion.

    Samaras stressed that an effective fiscal adjustment was not possible in an economy that was collapsing and a society that was falling apart.

    He announced that Martens had accepted an invitation to come to Athens on December 14 for the launch of his political autobiography at the Constantine Karamanlis Institute of Democracy.

    On Wednesday evening Samaras will attend an event organised by ND at the European Parliament and attend a working dinner with ND MEPs. On Thursday he will take part in the EPP summit and have a meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

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    [02] Man missing in torrent

    Rescuers were continuing on Thursday afternoon a search operation for a 45-year-old man who was swept away by torrential waters the previous night in Thermi, Thessaloniki.

    The man and his wife had rushed to the assistance of their 22-year-old son after he called them when his car stalled due to rising waters during heavy rainfall as he attempted to cross the torrent.

    All three were swept away, but rescuers were able to locate and rescue the mother and son. Indicative of the force of the torrent is the fact that the son was found by rescuers five kilometers from the spot where his car had stalled.

    The search by EMAK rescuers and volunteers was continuing for the father.

    Heavy rainfall and torrential local storms throughout Wednesday caused major problems and flooding of basements and ground floors throughout the country.

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The upcoming local administration elections and the economy were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Thursday.

    AVGHI: "The Germans are coming again", referring to the EU summit in Brussels.

    KATHIMERINI: "The election-mongering (talk of early general elections) once again weakens the country in the markets..."

    LOGOS: "IMF annoyed by the early general elections speculation".

    NIKI: "How the Chinese (COSCO) want the port (Piraeus)".

    PONTIKI: "The (Papandreou's) big bluff (early general elections)".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Into the battle, with the KKE-backed ticket in the local government elections".

    TO VIMA: "Green light (from European Commission) for lifting of tax confidentiality".

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