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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-05

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  • [01] PM: Stability or adventures
  • [02] Samaras: Obliged to show the other path
  • [03] FM to visit Germany
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: Stability or adventures

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing a rally in an indoor stadium in the city of Patra, in the Peloponnese, on Thursday evening, said that "on November 7 the citizens of our country, all of us, will vote and decide on whether our country will complete the great effort that we began last year together, at such a time, for its salvation and restructuring, or whether we shall leave this effort unfinished. Whether we shall let the toils and sacrifices that we have been doing for months to be wasted, returning to the past, to all that has led us here. Therefore, either we go orward with stability and self-evident changes or backwards with adventures."

    Referring to the issue of early elections, Papandreou said that he did not have and does not have any intention of going to national elections because, as he added, his intention was "for us to continue what we began with the same passion and the same dedication."

    However, he further said that "the precondition for the great effort of the country to succeed, of our people today is unity, it is dedication, it is the need for all of us to rally together towards the big target."ANA-MPA

    Papandreou also said that "I will not hesitate even for a moment to do what the conditions necessitate, if the unpatriotic effort to undermine this unity, of this struggle that our people are waging continues."

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    [02] Samaras: Obliged to show the other path

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing an event held by the Constantine Karamanlis Democracy Institute on Thursday evening, criticised the government for its economic policy and highlighted the "social economy of the market" or "social liberalism" as the ideological base of his own economic proposal.

    "Today, in Greece, everything is being paralysed, the tax-receiving state is crushing everything, without result and economic activity is being paralysed, it is not an economy, it is 'desertisation'," Samaras said, adding that "we are obliged, therefore, to disagree and show the other path."ANA-MPa

    Explaining the social economy of the market, he said "the social economy of the market does not want the 'state-nightwatchman', as extreme neoliberalism does, neither it wants the state 'producer', as state socialism does, it wants the 'state regulator', that is a guardian of both free economic activity and social cohesion."

    Samaras further said that social liberalism in a country such as Greece, which is in a crisis, entails fiscal restructuring and the boosting of the economy.

    ""If you only make 'fiscal restructuring' then the economy is in danger of dissolution and society will be destabilised totally. If, on the other hand, you only boost the market without serious fiscal cutbacks then you will achieve a short-term increase in revenues. But with the first difficulty the deficits will get out of hand again," the ND leader said.

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    [03] FM to visit Germany

    ANa-MPa/Foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas will pay a two-day working visit to Germany on November 8-9, preceded by a visit to Abu Dhabi on Nov. 5-6 for a forum on the theme "The Middle East, Energy and Security".

    While in Germany, Droutsas will have talks and a working lunch with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, while he will also address the German Foreign Policy Society on the theme "Exercising foreign policy in conditions of Economic Crisis", and will meet with Green Party co-leader Cem Ozdemir.ANA-MPA

    In Abu Dhabi, he will attend a Forum organised by the UAE in collaboration with the International Peace Institute on the theme "The Middle East, Energy and Security", while on the sidelines of the forum he is scheduled to meet with UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah.

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The sharp hike in spreads for Greek bonds, the closure of outstanding tax obligations and rampant speculation over early elections mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Government withdraws "closure of outstanding tax obligations".

    AVGHI: "Let's finish them off with our vote".

    AVRIANI: "Prime Minister George Papandreou destroying the country'.

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Prime Minister and members of the government have turned three VIP aircrafts into air taxis".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Double elections an institiutional deviation".

    ESTIA: "Tragic mistakes over the last 12 months".

    ETHNOS: "People decide on early elections".

    IMERISSIA: "Crisis in bonds markets - Greece, Ireland and Portugal hit red'.

    KATHIMERINI: "Elections fuss skyrockets spreads, paralyses country".

    LOGOS: "Closure of outstanding tax obligations optional".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Spread rate skyrockets to before memorandum levels".

    TA NEA: "Elections in George's (Papandreou) balance scale".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Protest rally in Syntagma square against government and troika".

    TO VIMA: "Former prime minister Costas Karamanlis cites memorandum as necessary evil".

    VRADYNI: "The medicine (memorandum) was a venom".

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