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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-07

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  • [01] Government on labour relations
  • [02] Belle Epoque at National Gallery
  • [03] Parthenon marbles return
  • [04] BoG on monetary policy
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Government on labour relations

    -P/A relevant "draft law will be finalised after consultation with social partners is completed, because an agreement, shared by all interested sides on the form of labour relations that should exist in the economic crisis we are experiencing, is very important", government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis said on Monday.

    The social partners' consensus and understanding is regarded as a necessary element, the urgency of which should also be considered by the partners themselves, he said, adding that "walking out of discussions leads nowhere".ana-mpa

    Petalotis stated that there is no deadline underlining, however, that an understanding should be reached soon and that the government wants to have the draft law finalised and submitted as soon as possible.

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    [02] Belle Epoque at National Gallery

    "Art Nouveau and Modernism: Treasures from the Petite Palais-Paris Museum of Fine Arts" is the title of an exhibition at the National Gallery in Athens, reminiscent of the Paris of the Belle Epoque.

    More than 150 paintings, furniture pieces, posters, jewelry designs and other objects will be on display, a reminder of the flourishing era of artistic and cultural refinement in Europe, and especially in France, that began during the late 19th century and lasted until World War I, that has come to be known as The Belle Epoque.

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    [03] Parthenon marbles return

    ANA-Mpa/A spokesman of the Culture and Tourism Ministry's press office said in a statement to the ANA-MPA on Monday that "the permanent return of the Parthenon marbles to the new Acropolis Museum remains the steadfast demand of the Greek state and of the Culture Ministry. Moreover, Greece is prepared to offer the British Museum classic masterpieces of the country for periodical exhibitions," adding that Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos never referred to the issue of the marbles' ownership in his meeting with a reporter of the British newspaper "The Times."ana-mpa

    The spokesman was referring to a report appearing in the newspaper "that "Greece is trying to break decades of stalemate with Britain over the Elgin Marbles by dropping its long-standing claim to ownership of the sculptures in return for the British Museum sending the Acropolis artifacts back to Athens on a long-term loan."

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    [04] BoG on monetary policy

    ANA-MPA/Bank of Greece Governor George Provopoulos, speaking before the Parlimentary Economic Committee on Monday in the framework of a discussion on the bank's interim report on monetary policy for 2010, said that "such debt percentages are only met in war periods. We must realise that we are in a state of war. And a battle is necessary, a difficult battle, a laborious one and one of a duration."ana-mpa

    Provopoulos expresssed optimism that "we can emerge victors" in the battle for the Greek econonmy's recovery and on the exit to markets after the end of 2011.

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The scuffles in downtown Athens during a demonstration marking the anniversary of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos' shooting death by a policeman, reactions to IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn's visit to Greece, Prime Minister George Papandreou's meeting with EC president Jose Manuel Barroso and the Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings in Brussels, dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "112,989 lay-offs in public sector".

    AVGHI: "Strauss-Kahn inspects the....burned land".

    AVRIANI: "Welcome Mr.... Prime Minister to the country of corruption".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Blood and tears - Stones and clubs in the demonstrations for Alexis Grigoropoulos".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Extension of the repayment period and the painful changes: The carrot and the whip".

    ESTIA: "Unpredictable events reverse everything".

    ETHNOS: "Shocking law for Public Utilities and Organisations (DEKO)".

    IMERISSIA: "Eurobond stumbles on German 'wall'."

    KATHIMERINI: "The crisis is dividing Europe"

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "European support to the Greek package of measures".

    NIKI: "One step before the rift".

    LOGOS: "Barroso demands bold reforms".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "IMF representative Strauss-Kahn unwelcome".

    TA NEA: "All-night bargaining over the debt and salaries".

    VRADYNI: "Workers pushed over the cliff of rejection".

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