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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-18

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  • [01] Petralia:Vindication of positions
  • [02] Inflation drops in Nov.
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Petralia:Vindication of positions

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/M. Aroni) - Employment Minister Fani Palli-Petralia reiterated Greece's clear position that it does not accept "any upset in labour terms and no violation of 48-hour work," speaking shortly after the European Union's Council of Employment Ministers on Wednesday.

    "Today's vote at the European Parliament on organising working time, with which the Eurodeputies are calling for the preservation of 48-hour work, as the maximum weekly duration of work in the EU, constitutes a vindication of Greek positions," she said.

    The minister reminded that last June Greece, together with another four countries (Cyprus, Belgium, Spain and Hungary) had opposed the political agreement of the EU's Council of Employment Ministers that anticipated the possibility of opting for additional work time, that can reach as much as 60 hours a week.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Employment Minister Fani Palli-Petralia

    [02] Inflation drops in Nov.

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/V. Demiris) - Inflation in Greece decreased from 4 percent to 3 percent in November, compared to October, according to data by the Eurostat statistical service publicised here on Wednesday.

    As regards the eurozone, inflation dropped from 3.2 percent in October to 2.1 percent in November, while a year ago it had been 3.1 percent. In the European Union, inflation decreased from 3.7 percent to 2.8 percent and a year ago it was 3.1 percent.

    In November, the lowest inflation rates were recorded in Germany and Portugal (1.4 percent each) and the highest in Latvia (11.6 percent), Lithuania (9.2 percent) and Bulgaria (8.8 percent).

    Compared to October, inflation decreased in November in all 27 EU member-states.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Government reshuffle speculations, pupils' ongoing mobilizations, the European Parliament's rejection of a proposal for a 65-hour working week, and hiring in the health sector were the main front pages in Athens' dailies on Thursday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The proposal for a 65-hour work-week was rejected by the Europarliament".

    APOGEVMATINI: "ESY (National Health Service) afternoon medical offices without charge - 5,500 hirings of nursing staff without ASEP (civil service hiring examinations board) procedures, as of January 1".

    AVGHI; "SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left parliamentary alliance) the core of the social opposition - VPRC opinion poll".

    AVRIANI: "The industrialists want a government of their own - PASOK hastens to adopt their provocative positions - 'Sociological' delirium by the SEB (Federation of Greek Industries) president, who went so far as to exploit the concerns of the Youth".

    CHORA: "The ricochete of the uprising - Message from the Acropolis to all of Europe".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "With an attack against a MAT (riot police) vehicle and the hanging of two banners on the Acropolis, the anarchists once again proved that they are... desecrators and killers".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Dora (foreign minister Bakoyannis: Greece is not for burning - Sweeping attack against the hooded troublemakers".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Five psychologists for 50,000 policemen! The 2003 law requiring psychological tests was never implemented".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "The children of rage - They're continuing with an education-wide rally".

    ESTIA: "Statism to blame for the youth's problems today".

    ETHNOS: "5 vetos on the reshuffle - The prime minister undecided and hostage to the balances".

    KATHIMERINI: "The market agonizing just before the holidays - Loss of turnover of up to 90 percent".

    LOGOS: "Daskalopoulos (SEB president) 'manifesto' by ND and PASOK, or immediate elections".

    NIKI: "The industrialists also uprising against Karamanlis - The country needs a strong a credible government, says Daskalopoulos".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "European Parliament: EU imposes up to 78 hours of work per week".

    TA NEA: "Tension on the streets, paralysis at Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) - Worry of difficult Christmas".

    TO VIMA: "Why the young people are taking to the streets".

    VRADYNI: "The Health System being reinforced - Thousands of hirings/breather of nursing staff, and end to intransparency".

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