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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-30

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

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  • [01] Papandreou criticises gov't over foreign, eco policy

  • [01] Papandreou criticises gov't over foreign, eco policy

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Thursday again sharply criticised the government from Parliament's podium, this time during debate over a draft bill tabled by his party regarding restructuring programmes in deindustrialised regions.

    Besides the specific provisions of the draft bill and related issues, Papandreou aired criticism against the government on issues ranging from foreign policy, social security reform to fees for preventative check-ups at public clinics and even to instances of police brutality against youthful demonstrators in Thessaloniki recently.

    Among others, Papandreou, the former foreign minister, referred to an "autocratic rightist government", while in turning to foreign policy, he charged that there was a "communications gap" between the Greek and Cypriot governments regarding recent EU-Turkey developments.

    On his part, Deputy Finance Minister Petros Doukas rejected the PASOK draft bill, saying it offers neither new ideas nor any effective proposal for the development of the provinces?"

    Finally, Papandreou charged that the government has burdened the social security system with massive deficits.

    Earlier in the day, Papandreou attended a luncheon in his honor hosted by the Entrepreneurs' Club, while he later met with journalists of Greek descent from Europe and the Americas.


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