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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-13

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  • [01] PASOK on Gruevski's requests
  • [02] Drug dealer killed
  • [03] Finance Ministry on growth rate
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PASOK on Gruevski's requests

    Main opposition PASOK party alternate spokeswoman Maria Karaklioumi said on Tuesday that what Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is requesting in his letter to UN mediator Matthew Nimetz is "absurd."

    She said that the only issue to be discussed with the neighbouring country is the name issue, adding that PASOK is speaking of a name with a geographical qualifier for all uses and not of any double name form.

    Karaklioumi pointed out that PASOK is also stating its case on this issue on the basis of national interest as well and recalled the position observed by PASOK leader George Papandreou before the Bucharest summit, as well as the fact that the party's leader had said that Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis should not have replied to the letter addressed to him by FYROM's prime minister, because "if he replied, he would be accepting that there are other issues on the dialogue table as well, apart from the issue of the name."

    [02] Drug dealer killed

    A 37-year-old man involved in a cocaine trafficking case was killed in a shootout Wednesday at dawn in Voula, Athens while attempting to avoid arrest. The victim, who was the recipient of 4.5 kilos of cocaine, was fatally wounded by police while trying to get away. The case came to the attention of the Greek Police when a 40-year-old Bulgarian national, who arrived in Athens from Romania, declared his luggage lost in Athens' "Eleftherios Venizelos" International Airport. His suitcase was later found in the airport in Romania and Romanian police discovered 4.5 kilos of cocaine hidden inside. The Bulgarian was arrested in Athens and confessed that he had undertaken to deliver the cocaine, which came from Spain via Romania, to a Greek. The shootout happened when the man arrived in a prearranged place in Voula to supposedly pick up the drugs and realized that he was being trapped by police. He was fatally injured by police gunfire while trying to speed away in his car.

    [03] Finance Ministry on growth rate

    The Finance and Economy ministry stressed in an announcement on Tuesday, referring to the latest data provided by the National Statistics Service on growth and unemployment, that "the latest data on growth and the decrease in unemployment prove the impetus given to the Greek economy by the economic policy and the reforms of the past years."

    The ministry added that "despite the negative repercussions of international economic developments, economic growth remains double that of the eurozone's average, while the downward trend of unemployment is continuing, that had been remaining at levels in the region of 10 percent for many years until 2004. Today, unemployment is at its lowest level in the last 25 years."

    However, the announcement underlined that the data do not justify complacency, many of the Greek economy's longstanding structural problems still remain and the fiscal situation, despite progress achieved in past years, is fragile and the structure of markets, combined with international hikes, maintains inflation at high levels.

    The ministry further noted that fiscal adjustment must continue, as well as strict adherence to the programme of reforms.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Economy and Finance Ministry building in Athens

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance The reform measures in Hellenic Railways (OSE) announced by Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis, the war in Caucasus and the ceasefire ahead of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Moscow, the provocative stance of FYROM PM Nikola Gruevski and the ministry of development intention to impose price control on fuel were the main front-page items in Wednesday's dailies. ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "New (Hellenic Railways) OSE - Drastic reorganization measures announced by (Transport Minister Costis) Hatzidakis". APOGEVMATINI: "14,832 job openings - Detailed lists". AVGHI: "OSE derailment plan". AVRIANI: "PM Karamanlis backs Russia despite the US pressures - Russian PM Putin has absolute dominance in the Caucasus, strategic defeat for Washington". CHORA: "Clear message by Moscow to Georgia, the USA and EU defining its zone of influence". ELEFTHERI ORA: "Unilateral ceasefire ordered by Putin opens window of hope for peace". ELEFTHEROS: "Three new aggressive acts by (FYROM PM) Gruevski - Allegations in the UN that Greece boosts its military forces along the borders". ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "One step before the imposition of price controls on fuel by the ministry of development while fuel prices remain high". ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "(Georgian President) Saakashvili: I live the worst nightmare because my friends in the West⦠were assuring me⦠- USA: We advised them to show self-restraint". ESTIA: "Geopolitical instability in the former Eastern Block countries". ETHNOS: "Taxation wave beginning in September - Source of wealth statement on credit card purchases". KATHIMERINI: "Warm war is over - Fears of Cold War between Russia and the West". LOGOS: "OSE is being tidied up - Painful reorganization plan for the railways". NIKI: "Trains too go to private investors - After the seaports, OSE is sold out followed by Olympic Airlines". RIZOSPASTIS: "OSE on dissolution course before being handed over to private investors - PASOK's work is completed by the government of New Democracy". TA NEA: "People get in line for land registry applications in mid August". TO VIMA: "Pax Russa - Moscow imposes its terms - (Presidents of Russia and France) Medvedev-Sarkozy joint plan on the region's future". VRADYNI: "And Europe is praying - Clashes, blood and more dead in a week-long war".
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