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

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  • [01] PM to present new CAP on Crete visit
  • [02] IMF chief: Greek economy at crucial crossroads
  • [03] Govt' has missed the targets
  • [04] Public transport stoppage
  • [05] Somali pirates release Grk vessel
  • [06] Civil servants' strike
  • [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] PM to present new CAP on Crete visit

    Prime minister George Papandreou will present the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) during a visit to Crete on Sunday.

    Papandreou, upon arrival at Rethymno, was briefed, at his request, of the problems created on the island by the adverse weather conditions, and ordered that all the damages caused be recorded so that those affected may receive compensations immediately.

    Papandreou is accompanied by agricultural development and foods minister Costas Skandalidis and deputy minister Milena Apostolaki, who will present the new CAP together with the prime minister.

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    [02] IMF chief: Greek economy at crucial crossroads

    The Greek economy's reform programme is at a "crucial crossroads", because success depends on the promotion of a variety major and radical changes within the next few months, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was quoted in the Sunday edition of the newspaper "Kathimerini".

    "We will work with our European partners for a solution that allows Greece more room to breathe," he said, while hinted at the possibility of changes to an EU-ECB-IMF memorandum envisioned in the 110-billion-euro bailout plan.

    Moreover, he reiterated the IMF's support in favour of an extension of the payback period for the support mechanism's loans.

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    [03] Govt' has missed the targets

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras accused the government of having missed the target in all areas, and stressed that he will not become an accomplice to the impasse the government is leading the country to, in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday.

    Samaras stated that he opposes mass layoffs, and warned the government not to use the crisis as a pretext for concessions on the national issues.

    "Today's policy, as applied by the government, is a mistake and leads to impasses, and has been proved that it must change," Samaras said in an interview with the Sunday edition of Eleftheros Typos newspaper.

    He reiterated that "when the time comes", ND will set up a parliamentary fact-finding commission on the Memorandum.

    Samaras further said that the prime minister is "seeking accomplices, not consensus".

    Questioned on his upcoming meeting with prime minister George Papandreou on Tuesday, Samaras noted that, obviously, he will set out ND's views, which are known by everyone, including the prime minister. "In brief, I am interested in policy changes that will immediately create conditions of recovery".

    "Immediate recovery. Nothing less," he stressed.

    In a similar interview in the weekly newspaper RealNews, Samaras said that ND's immediate priority is recovery. "Because, so long as there is no recovery, the government will be constantly bringing harsh and unfair measures which will be sinking the economy further and bringing the people to despair".

    "To that policy, I clearly say 'no'," Samaras added.

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    [04] Public transport stoppage

    (ANA-MPA)- Athens public transport employees will be staging a work stoppage on Monday in protest of the government's changes in public transport as well as in labour relations.

    Work stoppages on Monday will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..ana-mpa

    Public transport employees also held a work stoppage on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    [05] Somali pirates release Grk vessel

    (ANA-MPA) -- A Greek-owned ship was released by Somali pirates, according to an announcement by a EU naval force patrolling off the Horn of Africa. The freighter "MV Eleni" was hijacked by 12 armed pirates in the Gulf of Aden on May 12, 2010.

    The 23-man crew included two Greek nationals -- the skipper and first engineer -- along with 19 Filipinos nationals, a Ukrainian and a Romanian.

    According to the maritime affairs ministry, the vessel is headed to a port in Oman. It was carrying a cargo of metals from the Ukraine to China when hijacked.

    No information was given on whether a ransom was paid.

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    [06] Civil servants' strike

    (ANA-MPA) -- The civil servants' union (ADEDY) has called for a three-hour work stoppage on Tuesday and a nationwide strike for Wednesday to protest wage cuts in state-run utilities and enterprises.

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    [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The latest round of austerity measures and accompanying reactions, both by the press and the political world, as well as ubiquitous media speculation over the course of the economy dominated the headlines in Sunday's papers.

    AVGHI: "With rage on the streets".

    AVRIANI: "Insurance companies collapsing with a bang".

    CHORA: "Job market a jungle".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Samaras interview: 'I am not giving my consensus to Papandreou policy'."

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Greece: The poor house".

    EPOCHI: "This December will also go down in history (of street protests)".

    ETHNOS: "Heightened clashes on the streets, outside Parliament and in Europe".

    KATHIMERINI: "Implementation of memorandum at crucial crossroads".

    PARON (weekly): ""They're sinking the country: Proverty and unemployment the premier's holiday presents".

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "100 Commissioners taking over Greece: Troika government arriving, with German as its 'head'."

    REAL News (weekly): "The conspiracy of the drachma".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Now the time for counter-attack against monopolies and their power".

    VETO (weekly): "Drachma inside (country), euro outside: the harshest scenario for Greek tragedy".

    VIMA (weekly): "Taiwan ... model, come what may. Wages in utilities, banks and businesses compressed".

    VRADYNI: "How much the Christmas bonus will be this year; major cuts to bonuses".

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