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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-13

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  • [01] PASOK reacts to PM's statements
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PASOK reacts to PM's statements

    A main opposition party spokesman, in reply to statements by PM Costas Karamanlis on Saturday, noted that the "government implements policies that are not reforms, only an arrangement of interests."

    "Such motions don't help the country move on, or to face the major issues, they don't establish relations of confidence and security to the citizens," spokesman George Papaconstantinou said.

    Meanwhile, Papaconstantinou on Friday said the issue of the transfer of control of OTE (the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) is a major issue for the party.

    "PASOK will intensify its activity to prevent this sale that the government is planning through mediators. We are categorical: This sale does not benefit the Greek consumer or the Greek economy," he said.

    Replying to a relevant question, the spokesman said that, apart from the question of principle, objections also exist concerning the transparency and legality of the procedure and did not rule out legal action on the part of PASOK as well.

    "We do not rule out anything and we want it to be very clear to Deutsche Telekom as well that it must be careful not to get involved in a case that has very clear legal problems," the spokesman stressed.

    Caption: PASOK leader George Papandreou.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The furor revolving over a doping scandal, two new opinion polls and the business/football tussle involving the Panathinaikos Athens club mostly dominated the headlines in the Sunday edition of Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Save our children from steroids!"

    APOGEVMATINI: "Equal pay for public sector, private sector employees: Interview by FinMin George Alogoskoufis".

    AVGI: "Attack collapses, society reacts as government encourages phenomena of the Vgenopoulos type," a reference to a stinging attack and threatened libel suit by high-profile businessman Andreas Vgenopoulos, the executive vice-president of Marfin Investment Group (MIG), against Alexis Tsipras, the recently elected leader of the Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos), the party that runs the specific paper.

    AVRIANI: "(Former deputy culture minister Petros) Tatoulis' performance aimed to lead to his expulsion from ruling ND, but party didn't bite".

    CHORA: "Derby outside the pitch. Crash-test rally for Vardinogiannis, Vgenopoulos (business groups)," a reference to a demonstration planned for Sunday afternoon in Athens by fans of Panathinaikos Athens to protest the football club's lackluster performance of late.

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Michalopoulos in intensive care," a reference to Grigoris Michalopoulos, the paper's ailing founder and publisher, who is presently serving a jail sentence for felony extortion convictions.

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Opinion poll: Breath of optimism, fillip for two-party system; respondents' satisfaction after veto, with rebound for ND, PASOK."

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Mr. MIG Andreas Vgenopoulos' strong-arm tactics. Mystery entrepreneur invades public life, provoking everyone and everything".

    EPOCHI: "General sell-off of public sector to private interests".

    ETHNOS: "Political games with constitutional revision and early elections on the horizon".

    KATHIMERINI: "US-Russia clash over energy in the Balkans. Europe's energy needs the reason - PM Karamanlis in Russia".

    LOGOS: "Shocking changes to come with upcoming round of administrative reform".

    NIKI: "Same promises, just like in 2004! Accomplishments by Karamanlis government since Athens Olympics".

    PARON: "50 defendants in the docks for pension fund robberies".

    PROTO THEMA: "Greeks the barons of doping - Shocking report by DEA. US considers us the center of steroid trade".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Action for strike on April 16," is the front-page headline bannered by the newspaper affiliated with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

    VIMA: "PASOK back to challenging for power, as Tsipras-Alavanos popularity recedes".

    VRADYNI: "Banish the steroids. Bogus Olympic champs being cashiered from officers' corps: Interview by Deputy DM Costas Tassoulas".

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