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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Alogoskoufis says no social security reform package during this 4-year term
  • [02] Christodoulos chastises mass media for ignoring Church's charitable work
  • [03] Peter Stein-directed 'Medea' at Epidavros

  • [01] Alogoskoufis says no social security reform package during this 4-year term

    Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis reiterated over the weekend that the government does not intend table legislation during its current four-year term aimed at reforming Greece's creaky social security system, possibly the most controversial and divisive issue for citizens and taxpayers in the east Mediterranean country.

    Alogoskoufis, whose comments were quoted in an interview published in the Sunday edition of the Athens daily "Chora", said cooperation and consensus is desired with all social partners and parties, "even before the next elections, so that solutions are lasting".

    Additionally, he said the ministry's finance team was examining the possibility of cutting the tax rate for wage-earners and pensioners, while again stressing that the Karamanlis government inherited a "very poor economic condition" from the previous PASOK government.

    "The mistakes and omissions of the past are a burden for the country's economy ... but Greek citizens will soon witness some positive results in the coming period from the ongoing economic policy," he added.

    [02] Christodoulos chastises mass media for ignoring Church's charitable work

    Influential Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos on Sunday charged that most mass media outlets in the country were simply ignoring the Church's considerable charitable work, as he said.

    Speaking from the pulpit to a congregation in southern coastal Athens, the outspoken Christodoulos said the Church allocated a sum of more than 62 million euros last year throughout the east Mediterranean country.

    "This sum did not come from some type of obligatory taxation of the people, but from the contributions of the flock that cherishes and trusts the Church," he said, adding:

    "Of course, the Church's work is not promoted by the mass media ... Our Church offers daily testament that it is marching firmly and unwavering on a course laid out by our Lord, so that the faithful are supported..." he stressed.

    [03] Peter Stein-directed 'Medea' at Epidavros

    Euripides' masterpiece "Medea" closed out the 2005 summer season at the ancient theatre of Epidavros (Epidaurus) this weekend with two performances in Italian -- complete with Greek subtitles.

    The performance, again directed by Peter Stein, was the same one held last year at the ancient theatre of Syracuse on Sicily.


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