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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-17

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  • [01] Gov't on memorandum period, German position
  • [02] Greece to fully respect targets set for 2011
  • [03] G. Sklavounos museum inauguration in Amfiklia this month
  • [04] Bank manager killed in bank robbery
  • [05] Ferry crashes at Lefkada, no injuries
  • [06] 'Athens every week'
  • [07] Papoulias in Bulgaria
  • [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Gov't on memorandum period, German position

    ANA-MPA/A veteran Cabinet minister on Tuesday reiterated that Greek Premier George Papandreou merely voiced the fact that many Europeans are annoyed with Berlin's recent initiatives in the euro zone economy, referring to high-profile statements by the latter at a Socialist International (SI) meeting in Paris a day earlier.

    Papandreou was quoted on Monday from the French capital as saying that Berlin's position of letting banks and bonds markets contribute to any Euro-zone debt default could push weaker economies into bankruptcy.

    "...(This) has created a spiral of higher interest rates for countries that seemed to be in a difficult position, such as Ireland and Portugal ... This could create a self-fulfilling prophecy ... This could break backs; force economies towards bankruptcy," the Greek PM was quoted as saying.ANA-MPA

    Back in Athens, Alternate Culture Minister Tilemachos Hytiris, a veteran PASOK cadre, underlined that "there is widespread concern in Europe that things have changed and that this is not the Europe we used to know. The Europe of the crisis is different. This is true (there is a leadership deficit in the EU) and this becomes much more evident in a period of crisis."

    "The initiatives undertaken mainly by Germany while, at the same time, is trying to be in charge -- probably the only one in charge in Europe considering that France is being dragged along to support its (Germany's) positions -- are initiatives that start slowly to become annoying and this annoyance was expressed by the prime minister.

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    [02] Greece to fully respect targets set for 2011

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA / V. Demiris) -- Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou on Tuesday expressed his satisfaction over a Eurostat decision to withdraw all reservations regarding Greece's fiscal statistics.

    Speaking to reporters ahead of a Eurogroup meeting here, the Greek minister said that following a fiscal deficit revision for 2009, Greece will accomplish the biggest fiscal effort ever achieved in the European Union by cutting its deficit by six percentage points. ana-mpa

    "It is an unprecedented reduction of the deficit by 14 billion euros," Papaconstantinou said, adding that Greece would fully respect all targets set and noted that Athens would take any additional measures necessary.

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    [03] G. Sklavounos museum inauguration in Amfiklia this month

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- The municipality of Amfiklia in south-central Greece -- now the Amfiklia-Elatia extended municipality -- will inaugurate the Academician Georgios Sklavounos Museum on Sunday, Nov. 28, in the township, which lies on the eastern foothills of Mt. Parnassus.

    The inauguration of the museum and its exhibits, in cooperation with the University of Athens medical school, will take place in a specially modified hall within the Amfiklia town hall.

    A bust of the noted early 20th century anatomist and medical instructor will also be unveiled during the event, sponsored by Athens medical school professors P. Skandalakis and D.A. Lappas.

    The German-educated Sklavounos, a native of the Amfiklia district, is considered as the father of modern anatomy by generations of 20th Greek physicians, with his opus being the 1906 edition "The Human Anatomy".

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    [04] Bank manager killed in bank robbery

    ANA-MPA/The manager of an Alpha bank branch in Orestiada, northeastern Greece was killed on Wednesday in a shoot-out during a robbery at the bank.

    A gunman stormed into the bank and immobilised employees and customers at gunpoint, and grabbed a sack full of banknotes.

    The bank manager chased the gunman, calling out for help, but the robber shot him at least three times in the abdomen in his attempt to escape, fatally injuring him.ANA-MPA

    Police pursued the hold-up man and arrested him.

    The victim was rushed to Orestiada hospital, where he died a little later.

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    [05] Ferry crashes at Lefkada, no injuries

    ┴═┴-╠P┴/The Malta-flagged ferry "Kolossos", owned by NEL Lines, crashed and ran aground early Wednesday on a rocky coast in Vassiliki bay on the Ionian island of Lefkada.

    The ship had set sail from Corinth with a 20-member crew, carrying 58 trucks and 10 drivers to Ancona, Italy. The ship suffered a small rift in its sealed tanks but is not in danger of sinking.

    A tugboat from Patras was en route to the scene, with a group of divers who will examine the extent of the damage to the vessel. An oil recovery vessel from Skaramangas was also on the way to be on stand-by in the event of an oil slick.

    No injuries were reported.

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    [06] 'Athens every week'

    ANA-MPA/The culture and tourism ministry plans to turn the worldÔs attention to Athens through a new promotional program, called "Athens every week".

    The presentation of the program was made by Culture & Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos during the annual general assembly of the Association of Athens-Attica Hoteliers on Tuesday.

    The hoteliersÔ world of Athens welcomed the project saying it would contribute to restoring the capitalÔs reputation while it was also a good starting point for a fundamental and constructive cooperation between the public and private sectors.ANA-MPA

    Addressing the general assembly, Geroulanos said the program would renew interest for Athens offering a chance to extend the tourism season and created a single platform for all actions and events happening in the city.

    "It is a program capable of promoting with some fantasy, a little effort and some money, all the things making Athens a special city, a lively city. A program offering answer to a question set by foreigners again and again during our trips abroad. Where have you been?" the minister said. He also announced that the ministry would use money from a National Framework Reference Fund to support tourism and cultural actions and said that a tender for creating a congress centre in the Tae Kwon Do facility would be launched in the next 10 days.

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    [07] Papoulias in Bulgaria

    ANA-MPA/President Karolos Papoulias will pay an official visit to Bulgaria on Wednesday and Thursday.

    During his stay in Sofia, Papoulias will meet his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, the mayor of the Bulgarian capital, Yordanka Fadakova, the Patriarch of Bulgaria Maximos, as well as the leaders of the political parties. Moreover, the presidents of Greece and Bulgaria will jointly inaugurate a Greek-Bulgarian business forum.ANA-MPA

    The agenda of talks is expected to bilateral relations, developments in the European Union and NATO, as well as prospects for further development of economic cooperation.

    Papoulias will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Agricultural Development Minister Costas Skandalidis.

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    [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Germany's stern position on the overindebted countries, the troika's position on labour issues and cutbacks and the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises' (SEB) stance on lay-offs in the public sector, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "New swoop on civil servants".

    AVGHI: "Tanks then (during the Athens Polytechnic uprising against the junta), troika now".

    AVRIANI: "Germany pushing us full speed to bankruptcy".

    ELEFTHEROS: "They (EU) have declared us....bankrupt, but Prime Minister George Papandreou belies it".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Cut whatever you find".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Extraordinary measures in the middle of the night".

    ESTIA: "Greece targeted again".

    ETHNOS: "Salaries in private sector in danger".

    IMERISSIA: "Germany's show of power".

    KATHIMERINI: "Threats for the third tranche of the loan".

    LOGOS: "Eurozone is teetering".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Europe presses for more 'necessary measures'."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Merciless industrialists demand lay-offs in public sector and cutbacks in social spending".

    TA NEA: "Roadblock against Merkel".

    TO VIMA: "Merkel uses the third tranche of the loan as a blackmailing weapon".

    VRADYNI: "In a state of Fear".

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