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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-05-20

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  • [01] Conference in Rhodes on 'Combatting of human trafficking'
  • [02] Ruling ND leads PASOK by 1%
  • [03] Eurovision in Athens on Saturday night

  • [01] Conference in Rhodes on 'Combatting of human trafficking'

    The Union of Public Prosecutors of Greece, in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and under the auspices of the foreign ministry, began a two-day conference on the island of Rhodes on Saturday on the theme "The combatting of human trafficking". Taking part are 170 public prosecutors from all over Greece. The sessions of the conference, which are being held at a central hotel, were opened by Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis. In his address, Deputy Minister Stylianidis said that the trafficking of humans "is probably the most vile crime of our times," adding that this trafficking "is contemporary slavery which insults human values, culture and our democracy."

    Stylianidis went on to say that "either we are referring to illegal trafficking and maltreatment of women, either to trafficking, maltreatment and exploitation of children, either to labour exploitation of immigrants, in every case we are speaking of a crime which directly harms human dignity."

    Referring to the foreigm ministry's role for the combatting of the phenomenon, Stylianidis said:"Before, during and after the Olympic Games, a serious effort started for the briefing and awareness of the public, the mobilisation of the state apparatus and coordinated action with the Society of Citizens for the confrontation of the phenomenon. We doubled the budget of Hellenic Aid against human trafficking, we created a strategic plan and ventured cooperation and mobilisation of all the relevant agencies, the police, judicial functionaries, public prosecutors, public administration in general, the Church, non-government organisations and of ordinary citizens."

    (ANA-MPA file photo of Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis)

    [02] Ruling ND leads PASOK by 1%

    An opinion poll conducted by Metron Analysis on behalf of "Imerisia" newspaper and which was published in its Saturday edition, showed that the ruling New Democracy (ND) party was leading the main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) by one per cent. The poll's telephone interviews were conducted between May 12-17.

    The poll showed that 33.6 percent of those questioned would vote for the ruling New Democracy, 32.6 per cent for PASOK, 6.6 per cent for the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), 4.5 per cent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and 3 per cent for the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos).

    A total of 56 per cent said they believed that ND would win the general elections against 23.8 per cent that PASOK would.

    To a question regarding the degree of of citizens' satisfaction, the government garnered 28.5 per cent against 17.8 per cent for PASOK. Disatisfied with the government were 56.1 per cent and 62.3 per cent with PASOK.

    On the country's economy, the ND and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis gained the confince of 38.6 per cent of those questioned, against 27.1 per cent for PASOK and its leader George Papandreou.

    Premier Karamanlis remains the most popular political party leader with 59.3 per cent, against 52.4 per cent for Papandreou, 39.1 per cent for KKE's Aleka Papariga, 38.3 per cent for Synaspismos's Alekos Alavanos 32 per cent for LAOS's George Karatzaferis.

    (ANA-MPA photo)

    [03] Eurovision in Athens on Saturday night

    The 51st Eurovision song contest will be held at OAKA's Olympic indoor hall in Athens on Saturday night and will be broadcast live at 10 p.m. by state-run NET television station. Thousands of specators saw the rehearsals at the indoor hall and applauded all the participants, especially Greece's Anna Vissi who will sing "Everything".

    The ten countries which qualified in Thursday night's semi-final were Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lithuania, Finland, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey and Armenia. Cyprus and Belgium, among others, were knocked out of the competition.

    The ten best songs that were elected in Thursday's semi-final will compete in Saturday's final with the best top songs of last year's Eurovision, that is, Switzerland, Moldova, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Malta, Denmark, Romania, Croatia, the four major countries which traditionally participate in the competition - Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom - and Greece which won the Eurovision song contest in 2005.

    Saturday night's final will be hosted by Greece's Eurovision 2004 third-place winner and pop heartthrob Sakis Rouvas ("Shake It") and Greek-American model, reporter and actress Maria Menounos.

    (ANA-MPA photo of Greek singer Anna Vissi)

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