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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-18

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  • [01] Latest poll results gauge party strengths
  • [02] John Malkovich honored at Thessaloniki Film Festival

  • [01] Latest poll results gauge party strengths

    Ruling New Democracy (ND) party leads main opposition PASOK by 3.2 percent, according to an opinion poll published in Sunday's edition of the Athens daily "Eleftheros Typos".

    According to the survey, ND garnered 34.6 of respondents' preference to 31.4 percent for PASOK, while the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) garnered 7.2 percent; the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) 5.3 percent; the Orthodox Popular Rally LA.OS) 3.9 percent, and the out-of-Parliament Greens grouping 1.3 percent. The undecided vote reached 16.3 percent.

    Asked "who you trust more for your and your family's future?" 43.4 percent chose a ND government with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, and 33.1 percent picked a PASOK government led by George Papandreou.

    Of those questioned, 45 percent said they were satisfied with the way the prime minister is conducting his duties, while 25.5 percent said they were pleased with the PASOK leader's conduct.

    A total of 31.4 percent said they were satisfied with the government and 17.2 percent with PASOK.

    The nationwide telephone poll was conducted by the Metron Analysis firm on Nov. 13 and 14 from a sample of 1,002 people.

    Meanwhile, in another poll, a majority of respondents said they are opposed to the prospect of early elections and want the government to complete its four-year term, according to an opinion poll conducted by the firm ALCO and published in the Sunday edition of the Athens weekly "Proto Thema".

    In a nationwide poll conducted over the phone on a sample of 1,000 people on Nov. 13-15, 61 percent of those asked were against early elections and only 30.7 percent want to go to the polls before the end of the government's term.

    Amongst ruling New Democracy voters, 79.8 percent were against early elections against 15.3 percent in favour, while among main opposition PASOK voters, 41 percent were against early elections and 48.7 percent were in favour. Among the other opposition parties, the percentages were 61.1 percent against early elections and 33.3 percent in favour.

    Asked to assign responsibility for rising prices, 42.3 percent blamed the increase in prices worldwide, 26.8 percent blamed ND's policies and 20.8 percent blamed previous PASOK governments.

    Caption: Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou. ANA-MPA

    [02] John Malkovich honored at Thessaloniki Film Festival

    Influential Hollywood actor, director and producer John Malkovich took centre stage on Sunday evening in Thessaloniki, where he gave the keynote lecture during a film masterclass on the sidelines of the 48th Thessaloniki Film Festival.

    The prolific Malkovich, among others, the indirect 'protagonist' of a surrealistic movie entitled, in fact, "Being John Malkovich", covered questions ranging from the film bearing his name to the state of America's once-abundant independent cinema industry to the so-called "Malkovich acting method", for which he said there is no "Malkovich method."

    The Academy Award-nominated actor, the official guest of this year's festival, was scheduled to attend the "Golden Alexander" awards ceremony on Sunday evening at the Olympion Theatre, followed by a screening of Spike Jonze' "Being John Malkovich".

    The 48th annual Thessaloniki Film Festival began on Friday.

    Greek-American writer and journalist Nicholas Gage, the author of "Eleni", a book later turned into a motion picture staring Malkovich, was also in attendance at the masterclass.

    Caption: A file photo dated Wednesday, 01 March 2006 shows John Malkovich at a press conference prior to the premier of the film 'Klimt' in Vienna, in which the American actor played the lead role. A photograph of the artist is in the background. ANA-MPA/EPA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

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