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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-28

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  • [01] Freighter towed to safety
  • [02] Prinkipo Orphanage returning to Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • [03] German Dep. FM on bilateral ties
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Freighter towed to safety

    (ANA-MPA) -- An Albanian-flagged freighter adrift for four days in the western Aegean was towed to safety off a beach in Laconia prefecture of extreme southern Greece on Sunday.

    The vessel, identified as the "Geri II", first experienced engine trouble near the island of Kythera. It was carrying a cargo of wood from Montenegro to Egypt.

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    [02] Prinkipo Orphanage returning to Ecumenical Patriarchate

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Ecumenical Patriarchate is expected to receive the deed for the building that once housed the eponymous Prinkipo Orphanage on the Marmara Sea isle of Büyükada (Prinkipo) on Monday, following a decision by a first instance court on the island earlier this month.

    The development comes after a June 2010 ruling by the European Human Rights Court returning the property to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

    Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew has previously stated that the orphanage will be turned into an inter-faith centre for dialogue and peace. (ANA-MPA)

    The orphanage was originally built as a hotel by renowned French architect Alexandre Vallaury in the 1890s. It was subsequently bought in 1903 and donated to the Patriarchate by Hélène Zafiropoulo-Zarifi, the wife of Ioannis Zarifi, (ANA-MPA) a banker to then Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid ll, with the stipulation that it be used as an orphanage for ethnic Greek children.

    Caption: A file photo dated Dec. 2, 2004 shows the Prinkipo orphanage building, billed as one of the largest wooden structures in Europe. ANA-MPA / D. PANAGOS

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    [03] German Dep. FM on bilateral ties

    BERLIN (ANA-MPA) -- German Deputy Foreign Minister Werner Hoyer (FDP) estimated that in Germany "the courage and determination necessary for an elected government to pass on to its citizens extremely heavy burdens is being underestimated".

    By contrast, he said Greece has launched a "huge reforms process that entails heightened burdens for each citizen."

    "It's a decision could be implemented in only a few countries around the world," he noted, adding that "respect and understanding for Prime Minister George Papandreou's government should be more obvious to other countries." Hoyer's comments came on Friday during a Germany-Greece conference on the urgent problem of illegal immigration. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Pending mergers and a downsizing of Greece's massive public sector as well as speculation over wage cuts and new labour relations in the private sector, along with an interview by PM George Papandreou, mostly dominated the headlines in the Sunday edition of Athens' newspapers.

    AVGHI: "They're destroying wages, collective bargaining -- Up to 30 percent".

    AVRIANI: "All of the thieving politicians and US agents in Greece and around the world uncovered (via pending Wikileaks release)" the paper claims.

    CHORA: "(Political) stowaways should leave New Democracy party".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Merger plan for 120 hospitals".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Radical plan for public sector".

    EPOCHI (weekly): "Europe sinking because it's not changing".

    ETHNOS: "Up to 30 percent 'haircut' of public sector via express procedures".

    KATHIMERINI: "Papandreou: Changes a one-way street; society approves".

    LOGOS: "Games on the people's back".

    PARON (weekly): "They're giving up everything in Aegean, Cyprus -- George (Papandreou), Dora (Bakoyannis) and the rest of the 'alliance of the willing'."

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "He's (FinMin) counting down days until deadline (for measures implementation); commitments to 'troika' drowning minister".

    REALNEWS (weekly): "Secret supper for 11 (PASOK) MPs".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Uprising now so plutocracy's pays", writes the communist party's paper.

    TO VIMA (weekly): "Incentives for car, real estate purchases (by banks)".

    VETO (weekly): "Bankruptcy -- all of the advantageous solutions for your money".

    VRADYNI: "New wage scale in public sector". (ANA-MPA)

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