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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-22

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] Congrats to new Belgian PM
  • [02] Anti-war demonstration
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Congrats to new Belgian PM

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday sent a letter of congratulations to Belgium's new prime minister Yves Leterme.

    In his letter, Karamanlis said he looked forward to further strengthening of the already excellent Greek-Belgian relations, both at bilateral and and international level.

    Karamanlis further expressed his conviction that the two governments will inensify their cooperation in the direction of strengthening the common European future.

    Caption: New Belgian prime minister Yves Leterme. (EPA/E. Lalmand)

    [02] Anti-war demonstration

    An anti-war demonstration and march to the US Embassy was staged on Saturday afternoon in downtown Athens by workers and students, in the context of the Global Day of Action Against War, under the central slogal "Five years of occupation in Iraq are too many".

    The rally was organised by Greece's two main umbrella union federations in the private and public sector: the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and the Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY), joined by social agencies, peace movements and immigrant communities, calling for global detente and friendship among peoples.

    Speakers at the rally stressed that the working people were coordinating their steps with the society of citizens for the protection and consolidation of world peace, and called for the creation of a climate of confidence among the Balkan countries, and the withdrawal of occupation troops from Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan and strengthening of the self-determination of peoples.

    The also appealed for medical and pharmaceutical aid for the Palestinians.

    Yannis Sifakakis from the "Stop the War Alliance" spoke of the "millions of victims of the American war on terrorism" over the five years since the invasion of Iraq and the nine years since the bombing of Yugoslavia, adding that the bombings in Afghanistan were triple those of Iraq and that in Gaza the horror of the embargo was threatening an entire peoples.

    Caption: Photo from the anti-war demonstration in downtown Athens marking the Global Day of Action Against War. (ANA-MPA/M. Kiaou)

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The parliamentary debate on the social security reforms bill and opposition parties' call for a referendum, the changes foreseen under the bill, and the tax audits to be made on large companies mainly dominated the front pages of Saturday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Water SOS - Larissa, Karditsa, Trikala, Aegean islands, etc. plagued by water shortages".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Traffic restrictions or toll booths in all municipalities of over 10,000 residents - The measures recommended by the environment ministry's Ad Hoc Experts Team and Attiko Metro".

    AVGHI: "Pressure for referendum intensifying - Government postponed final vote on social security bill to Wednesday".

    AVRIANI: "George's (PASOK leader Papandreou) new Political Council a 'playground' - Yannis Ragoussis (PASOK press spokesman) the new (Political Council) secretary (nominated by Papandreou) with 159 votes, against 43 for Pantelis Economou, 59 blanks and 12 invalid votes".

    CHORA: "The leader of the game - Karamanlis: The political cost does not scare us".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Karamanlis 'playing deaf' - Undaunted, the prime minister stated in parliamant that the reforms will continue".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "SYRIZA's (Coalition of the Radical Left parliamentary alliance) rise derailing the developments - The 'duo' Alavanos (SYRIZA leader) and Tsipras (leader of the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology party that heads the SYRIZA alliance) broke the 20 percent barrier, according to Metron Analysis opinion poll".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "2-10 years on the women's backs - Social security reforms: Tables with the new, despicable retirement ages".

    ETHNOS: "The new retirement ages - 18 large labor brackets the victims".

    KATHIMERINI: "They're perpetuating the tension over the social security reforms - Voting on the bill postponed to Wednesday".

    LOGOS: "Reforms with results - Karamanlis: We don't fear the political cost".

    NIKI: "He made Ragoussis the number 2 man (in PASOK) - Surprise upon surprise from Papandreou".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The youth's rights will be ensured with political overturn - Off-the-agenda discussion in parliament" at the initiative of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

    TA NEA: "The new retirement ages rise by up to 10 years - Tables on all categories of employees".

    TO VIMA: "Karamanlis opts for 'Thatcher model' - Government casts down the gauntlet to the trade unions".

    VRADYNI: "The changes brought by the social security bill - Details on the retirement ages and pensions".

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