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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 17-05-23

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greece's President Pavlopoulos extends condolences for victims of Manchester attack
  • [02] 'Schäuble continues to be a problem for Europe' S&D Group head Pittella says
  • [03] Chinese travel platform Alitrip to be presented to Greek tourism sector on May 26

  • [01] Greece's President Pavlopoulos extends condolences for victims of Manchester attack

    The general secretary of the Greek Presidency Ambassador Georgios Gennimatas conveyed on Tuesday to the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Greece Kate Smith, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos' sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attack in Manchester. He also sent wishes for speedy recovery to those injured.

    The ambassador also received a telegram of condolence from Archibishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece.

    "It is with especial grief that I was informed of the tragic incident involving the sudden death and injury of so many innocent young people in Manchester, England," the archbishop said, adding his deep condolences and his heartfelt wish that "God will rest the souls of the departed and provide good solace to their families."

    Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras condemned the terrorist attack in a post on Twitter, expressing solidarity with the British people and support to the relatives of the victims.

    Main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis also condemned the attack. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Abhorrence and indignation," he said.

    [02] 'Schäuble continues to be a problem for Europe' S&D Group head Pittella says

    Responding to the disappointing Eurogroup outcome on Greece, the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament on Tuesday directed stinging criticism at German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and accused him of behaviour that was contrary to the interests of Europe as a whole.

    "With his opposition to any progress on Greece, Schäuble continues to be a problem for Europe" said S&D Group President Gianni Pittella in a tweet on his Twitter site.

    According to a tweet posted by S&D Group Vice President Udo Bullman, the German finance minister was responsible for "excuses, delay, stalling" and his handling of the Greek issue was "economically dangerous and politically irresponsible".

    S&D Group MEP Pervenche Berès also criticised the outcome and whether this was in the interests of Europe, in a post on Twitter: "After so much effort done by Greece, how can debt relief still be refused? European interest must prevail in the Eurogroup."

    [03] Chinese travel platform Alitrip to be presented to Greek tourism sector on May 26

    The leading Chinese online travel portal alitrip.com, a subsidiary of the giant Alibaba Group, will present its business to an event in Athens organized by the Professional Chamber of Athens and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry on May 26, at King George hotel.

    During the event titled "Alitrip in Greece: Strengthening incoming tourism from China in Greece", Alitrip Vice President for European Markets, Kai Cui, will present the travel platform to 50 top tourism businesses – hotels, travel agencies- and bodies in Greece.

    "Considering Alibaba's ecosystem today has more than 500 million Chinese users and that the Alitrip platformis one of the biggest platforms for tourism in China, the common target for 1,000,000 Chinese tourists annually is feasible over three years," the Professional Chamber of Athens said in a press release.

    "Taking into account that Chinese tourists are recognized today internationally as the tourists with the largest spending per trip, the outcome of the event becomes very important," it added.

    The aim is to promote Greece and its tourism to Chinese tourists, the Chamber added.


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