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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-01-09

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greek PM 'submissive' to Germany and its allies, SYRIZA says
  • [02] Arrest warrants issued in Hellenic Postbank bad loans case

  • [01] Greek PM 'submissive' to Germany and its allies, SYRIZA says

    ANA-MPA -- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is still "submissive" to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her allies, main opposition SYRIZA said in a announcement on Thursday, responding to the PM's statements on the commencement of the Greece's Presidency in the EU.

    According to SYRIZA, Samaras follows the same general pattern of references to the economic recovery and the exit from the crisis, while shedding crocodile tears for the sacrifices of the Greek people, without presenting any specific proposal that serves those goals.

    The government, SYRIZA added, repeatedly underlines its commitment to the bail-out agreements, regardless of the cost for the Greek people and Europe in general.

    They refuse to make use of any opportunity to change the policy that is being implemented, such as the investigation of the troika's activities by the European Parliament Committee.

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    Greek presidency will maintain EU's unpopular policies, KKE says

    The Greek presidency will continue implementing the EU's unpopular policy, which does not only relate to the Greek people, but to the people of all countries with or without a memorandum (bailout agreement), as this is defined by the goals of competitiveness and profitability of the capital, which the EU follows since it was set up, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) said on Wednesday.

    "This presidency, like all the previous ones, will contribute to escalating the attack on income, labor relations, social security, cuts in health, welfare and other social benefits," the KKE said in its announcement.

    The goals of the Greek presidency "for the so-called marine policy are about the use of natural sources by business groups, which will help boost inter-imperialist rivalries, with the people being the casualties," the party said, adding, "At the same time, promoting a uniform immigration policy marks the strengthening of repression against immigrants and refugees, who are forced to leave their countries due to poverty, regimes, and EU-led wars."

    SYRIZA's position that a Greek presidency in the EU, under its own government, would work in favor of the people "is a blunt and undisguised mockery on those who suffer from the policies of the EU and its governments," the KKE said, accusing SYRIZA and the European Left Party, of which SYRIZA is member party, "are the leaders in the whitewashing the EU and its institutions."

    DIMAR leader on the Greek EU presidency

    Greece assumes the presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2014 at a crucial time both for Greece and the European Union, Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis said on Wednesday.

    "The Greek presidency is called to prove that despite the great difficulties of the economic crisis, the country can play an important role in European affairs. The challenges are great. The economic crisis and the options offered have increased euroscepticism and alienated citizens from the European vision," he noted.

    Kouvelis stressed that the key message of the Greek presidency is to change policies in Greece and Europe so as to exit the crisis, with main priority given to the connection of fiscal adjustment with growth, job creation and social protection.

    "Dimar is firmly focused on Greece's European path. The main objective of its political proposal is to stay in the eurozone, while promoting different policies both in Greece and in the European Union as a whole," he added.

    [02] Arrest warrants issued in Hellenic Postbank bad loans case

    At least ten arrest warrants against entrepreneurs, as well as former heads of the Hellenic Postbank (TT), were issued on Wednesday by public prosecutors for corruption offenses relating to fraud and money laundering, associated with TT loans.

    The case, being handled by examining judge Giorgos Andreadis, relates to a deficit of several million euros allegedly detected in TT, based on evidence by the Money Laundering Authority, as well as on prosecutors' research material.

    According to the brief documents, losses exceed 400 million euros.

    Among the persons being sought by police are two former TT governors, a noted businessman (who reportedly is in hospital), and a foreign ship-owner, among others. One of the accused has already been arrested.


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