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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-02

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  • [01] ND to Papandreou: You destroyed the country
  • [02] Greek unemployment at 19.2 pct in Nov. 2011

  • [01] ND to Papandreou: You destroyed the country

    AMNA / In a stinging reply to PASOK President George Papandreou and his address earlier to a PASOK's Parliamentary group on Thursday, main opposition New Democracy spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis accused the former premier of having "destroyed the country" during the two years he was in power.

    "Mr. Papandreou found the nerve to address the citizens that he and his government led to poverty, want and depression. He had the nerve to talk about (establishing) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) when as premier he had ruled out all such thoughts," Mihelakis said.

    According to the ND spokesman, Papandreou attempted to appear "tough" but seemed to forget that he had governed Greece until recently, and that his own actions, "through secret paths", had led the country to the IMF and its currently dismal economic state. amna

    "All economic and social indicators, as a result of his policies, are today worse than in 2009. His policies were the cause that Greeks lost, in two years, everything that they had gained in the previous two decades," Mihelakis said.

    The spokesman accused the former premier of having imposed unfair sacrifices, wage and pension cuts and repeated taxation, thus leading the rates of business failures, unemployment and poverty to hitherto unprecedented levels. He also noted that Papandreou was the only former prime minister to have received a vote of confidence from his MPs in order to step down as premier.

    Accusing Papandreou of "having no shame", Mihelakis said the former premier had not only failed to apologise to Greeks for the dramatic moments they were living through "but with his swan song, has reached the point of feeling pride in all that he and his governments did at the expense of the country, the economy and our society". amna

    [02] Greek unemployment at 19.2 pct in Nov. 2011

    BRUSSELS (AMNA) -- The unemployment rate in Greece rose to 19.2 pct in October 2011, Eurostat announced on Tuesday, ranking the country second after Spain with the highest unemployment rate. Greece also ranked second in unemployment among young people (aged below 25 years), at 47.2 pct, following Spain (48.3 pct). Unemployment among men totaled 17.2 pct and among women 22.1 pct.

    In the EU-27, the unemployment rate was 9.8 pct and in the Eurozone 10.3 pct. Austria (4.1 pct), Holland (4.8 pct), Luxembourg (4.9 pct) and Germany (5.7 pct) recorded the lowest unemployment rates.amna

    The unemployment rate was 9.9 pct in December 2011 in the EU-27, and 10.4 pct in the Eurozone. There were no figures for Greece. amna

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