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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-13

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting of Balkan communist parties
  • [02] New merchant marine minister
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Meeting of Balkan communist parties

    The 9th meeting of Communist and Labor parties of the Balkan countries opens in Thessaloniki, at the initiative of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), with delegations from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey and FYROM.

    Discussions will focus on the recent developments in the Caucasus, the new escalation between the major powers and repercussions on the region, NATO involvement in the Balkans and NATO enlargement, Kosovo, workers' struggles and migrant issues, as well as the undertaking of new initiatives by the communist parties of the region.

    [02] New merchant marine minister

    Greece's new Merchant Marine, Aegean and Island Policy minister Anastasios Papaligouras was sworn in on Saturday by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, following the resignation the previous day of George Voulgarakis from the post

    Vougarakis tendered his resignation on Friday in the midst of a political furore over his use of offshore companies to ostensibly reduce his tax load from real estate holdings and related transactions.

    The swearing-in ceremony for Papaligouras, a former justice minister, took place in the presence of prime minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The resignation of Merchant Marine minister George Voulgarakis, who tendered his resignation on Friday in the midst of a political furore over his use of offshore companies to ostensibly reduce his tax load from real estate holdings and related transactions and his replacement by former justice minister Anastasis Papaligouras, and the economic crisis were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Saturday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The first step in defusing the tension (in the political climate) was taken with Voulgarakis' resignation".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Anastasis the Just returns, and takens the helm at the merchant marine ministry".

    AVGHI: "Voulgarakis' dismissal a Karamanlis defeat - SYN (Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology) calls for parliamentary fact-finding commission on Vatopedi" monastery's land exchanges with the State, which have come under fire from the opposition.

    AVRIANI: "Voulgarakis' entire letter (of resignation) to Karamanlis - I'm resigning to counteract the plans to topple the government by the 'forces of collusion' ".

    CHORA: "Farewell, George (Voulgarakis) - Government's 'velvet' divorce with merchant marine minister, after a flurry of telephone deliberations".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Failed justice minister Papaligouras replaces Voulgarakis at merchant marine ministry, and thus the government is being led..from shipwreck to...shipwreck".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Initiative to transcend the crisis - Voulgarakis resigns amid pressure, revelations and wave of negative opinion polls".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "He (prime minister) ousted him (Voulgarakis)...via Souflias (public works minister) - Voulgarakis' exodus after the outcry, with...thanks (for his contribution to the government's efforts) from Karamanlis".

    ESTIA: "The resignation was the right decision - Voulgarakis had no other options".

    ETHNOS: "Axe for Voulgarakis - They 'resigned' him in fear of new revelations".

    KATHIMERINI: "Vougarakis forced to resign".

    LOGOS: "Voulgarakis' resignation was inevitable - Papaligouras the new merchant marine minister".

    NIKI: "They're jumping off the ship one by one - ND sinking in the ocean of scandals".

    TA NEA: "Goodbye, George, because we're sinking - After two weeks of hide-and-seek, Voulgarakis forced to resign".

    TO VIMA: "Domino of political developments following Voulgarakis' 'beheading' - Karamanlis' next moves for reversal of the negative climate".


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