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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM on visa waiver program
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] FM on visa waiver program

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis touched on a handful of foreign policy issues in a published interview on Sunday, including the recently resurfaced issue of Greece's inclusion in the US visa waiver program -- a development that has still not been pushed forth by the Bush administration despite previous assurances to the Greek government.

    Touching on the timely FYROM "name dispute" only days after the latest proposals for a solution by a UN mediator, Bakoyannis noted that "we are negotiating with seriousness, goodwill and a productive stance.

    "From there on, of course, it takes two to tango," the Greek FM said, in a clear reference to what Athens considers a lack of political volition by the leadership in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

    "Our positions are crystal clear. We will continue our efforts until we arrive at an honorable and dignified agreement".

    Regarding the visa waiver issue, Bakoyannis referred to a "decision by the US administration this is wrong...

    "Greece follows a foreign policy that defends its national interests, within the framework of the country's international obligations, and as defined by its relations with its partners, alliances and International Law. We are not a people that fail to honor our traditional friendships," she added.

    Asked about the domestic political situation, Bakoyannis said any government reshuffle must follow a rationale of renewal, while dismissing the possibility of early elections.

    Finally, in response to the latest batch of opinion polls, Bakoyannis said it was entirely premature to cite an "reversal" in the political situation, "there was an alarm bell, but we (ruling New Democracy party) took notice and we have already reacted."

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Énitiatives on a national and European level to ameliorate, forestall or prevent repercussions from the continuing international credit crisis mostly dominated the front pages of the Sunday editions of Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "(Vatopedi monastery abbot) Ephraim to provide statement to Supreme Court prosecutor on Tuesday".

    APOGEVMATINI: "EU leaders to meet in Paris over international credit crisis".

    AVGHI: "Too little, too late: G7 plan".

    AVRIANI: "Insurance companies collapsing".

    CHORA: "The man who threw the world into darkness. Bush policy brought world's economy to the brink of disaster".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "FinMin George Alogoskoufis: no increase in objective real estate tax criteria or VAT".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "You haven't seen anything yet in international credit crisis."

    EPOCHI: "Salvage or euthanasia? Crisis reveals seminal anomalies in (capitalist) system."

    ETHNOS: The paper banners another opinion poll on the state of politics in the country, referring to a political 'bomb' for the government.

    KATHIMERINI: "International leaders, markets worried. Hope from Sunday euro zone summit".

    LOGOS: "Obligatory change in course by government due to global economic crash".

    NIKI: "Government gambling with the crisis for petty partisan benefits".

    PARON: "Elections in the spring, government reshuffles in January".

    PROTO THEMA: "Emergency plan to save banks, secret meeting between FinMin and Bank of Greece governor".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Anti-popular handling of crisis by ND-PASOK."

    VIMA: "Operation anti-crash - Euro zone summit in Paris, Europe threatened with biggest downturn since 1929".

    VRADYNI: "Dynamic and coordinated moves by governments the antidote to panic".


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