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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-18

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  • [01] Cabinet meeting on 2011 budget
  • [02] Arrests in Athens, Thessaloniki, in demonstrations
  • [03] Papoulias on FYROM issue
  • [04] ND on controlled bankruptcy
  • [05] Unemployment up 3.75%
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Cabinet meeting on 2011 budget

    ANA-MPA /Prime Minister George Papandreou will chair a cabinet meeting on Thursday focusing on the state budget, the establishment of a national fund for entrepreneurship and development, labour arbitration procedures and the establishment of asylum and migrant reception agencies. The Greek premier speaking in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, said that "Greece shall survive and will forge ahead. There is no question of restructuring of the debt or of bankruptcy," adding that his aim is to save Greece "without having a problem if I am not re-elected."

    Speaking to the British network's programme "Hard Talk", the Greek prime minister focused mainly on the restoration of the country's credibility, "since within the year a decrease of the deficit by 6 percent will have been achieved," as he said, while stressing that as of 2012 Greece will begin the repayment of the loans and the decrease of its debt.

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    [02] Arrests in Athens, Thessaloniki, in demonstrations

    ANA-MPA/Thirty-one (31) people were arrested in Athens and Thessaloniki late Wednesday in violence that broke out during demonstrations marking the 37th anniversary of the November 17, 1973 Polytechnic students' uprising that led to the collapse of the dictatorship in Greece.

    A total of 69 persons were taken in for questioning by police, of which 23 were arrested and will appear before a public prosecutor on Thursday.ANA-MPA

    Another 8 persons were arrested by police in Thessaloniki in similar incidents.

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    [03] Papoulias on FYROM issue

    SOFIA (ANA-MPA/B. Borisov) - Greek President Karolos Papoulias sent a message to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) from here that "as long as they insist on their intransigent positions, so much the more they shall keep the door of NATO closed and the accession procedure towards the European Union frozen," as well as to Ankara that the issue of Cyprus is an issue that "deeply affects Greek-Turkish relations" and constitutes "a substantive obstacle for the European Union's relations with Turkey."ANA-MPA

    Speaking during the official dinner hosted in his honour by his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov, President Papoulias, referring to fYRoM, stressed that "the problem lies in that Skopje show the entire geographical area of Macedonia as the fatherland of their own nation," and noted that "Greece supports a solution that will reflect the reality of the region."

    On the question of Cyprus, President Papoulias said that "it is an international issue of invasion and occupation" and added that "Greece supports a solution that will respect the principles of freedom, democracy, the state of law and of human rights. A European solution that will implement the acquis communautaire and will implement the resolutions of the Security Council for Cyprus."

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    [04] ND on controlled bankruptcy

    ANA-MPA/The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party expressed vindication referring to the stance adopted by its leader Antonis Samaras and the questions he had posed as regards the European support mechanism and the likelihood of controlled bankruptcy.

    ND spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos said on Wednesday that Samaras had stated after the meeting he had in Brussels with the European Council President Herman van Rompuy last month that he is categorically opposed to the incorporation of the idea of controlled bankruptcy in the under-construction European mechanism. ANA-MPa

    Samaras had stated that "a controlled bankruptcy is a bankruptcy for the country experiencing it and controlled for all the rest, while it also weakens the unity of the Euro-zone."

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    [05] Unemployment up 3.75%

    The number of unemployed people registered with the Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED) rose 3.75 pct in October to 609,249, compared with September, a report stated on Wednesday.

    The highest rise in the figures among the country‚s regions were recorded in Southern Aegean (44.03 pct). The number of long-term unemployed people grew by 15,928 or 3.75 pct last month, with the Ionian Islands (+16.53 pct) recording the biggest percentage increase of the month.

    The number of unemployed people eligible for unemployment benefits totaled 183,161, down 7.46 pct in October from September, while the number of seasonally unemployed workers in the tourism sector grew 80.85 pct.

    OAED said 35.11-pct of people seeking work live in the Attica region (greater Athens area), while 20.64 pct of unemployed people live in central Macedonia.

    New hirings totaled 91,594 in October, up 1.03 pct from September but down 9.78 pct from October 2009, while lay-offs totaled 31,241 in the month and termination of contract work agreements totaled 77,850 in October.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Speculation of lay-offs and abolition of benefits in the public sector, 2011 State Budget, the disbursement of the third tranche of the EU-IMF support mechanism loan and Greece's fiscal adjustment, mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Main opposition New Democracy (ND): No to lay-offs in public sector".

    AVGHI: "Government puts the noose around society's neck".

    AVRIANI: "50 percent cuts in salaries in Public Utilities and Organisations (DEKO).

    ELEFTHEROS: "Austria: George (Papandreou, prime minister) you played the (timing of the) third tranche of the loan for the (local government) elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "EU sends ultimatum in order to give the 6.5 billion euros (eurozone countries' share of the 9 billion euros third tranche of the EU-IMF) loan)".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "They are leading us to bankruptcy".

    ESTIA: "Theatre of the absurd with the troika".

    ETHNOS: "Government plays everything in 2011".

    KATHIMERINI: "Warning via the tranche".

    IMERISSIA: "Emergency measures - VAT on food and beverages to reach 13 percent".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Reassurances for the third trance of the loan".

    NIKI: "Unbearable burden of 14 billion euros".

    LOGOS: "Battle for reduction of the revised deficit".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government is tightening the noose on the people with new harsh measures for the troika loan".

    TA NEA: "DEKOs' time - 800 million euros cuts in expenses".

    TO VIMA: "Benefits to be abolished and contract employees will leave".

    VRADYNI: "Unconditional submission".

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