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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM meets foreign, defence ministers
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM meets foreign, defence ministers

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday had a meeting with Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and National Defence Minister Vangelis Meimarakis to discuss foreign policy and defence-related issues.

    Meimarakis was the first to leave the meeting, which continued with the prime minister and foreign minister alone.

    In statements as he was leaving, Meimarakis said they had carried out a broad overview of foreign policy affairs, confirming that Greece had adopted the correct position on all the issues discussed.

    Questioned about the possible use of the name "New Macedonia" by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), the defence minister stressed that the meeting had not focused on specific names.

    "We have outlined the characteristics [of the name] and we are waiting for the negotiator's proposals," he added.

    He also confirmed that the talks had covered Afghanistan and Kosovo.

    When Bakoyannis emerged from the meeting with the premier, she said their discussion had covered all foreign policy issues and underlined that in the issue of FYROM's name "the negotiation is continuing and will continue at a more intense pace once the pre-election period at Skopje is over. From there on, we hope that we will have the chance to continue," she said.

    Regarding the name "New Macedonia" she also echoed Meimarakis, saying that the government "is very far from discussing names".

    "There are a lot of names that are being heard and discussed but that is not where we are," she said.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    Wages increases, the resignation of financial crimes squad chief Spyros Kladas, a new 'car-retirement' scheme from 2009 and Eurostat's remarks on the 2007 deficit dominated headlines on Saturday in Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Wage increases in three installments. Collective labour agreement between General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and employers finally signed".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Pimp parents pushed their two angels into prostitution".

    AVGHI: "Alogoskoufis' silent confession about the 4pct share of OTE. He's selling it to Deutsche Telekom, even though it belongs to TAP-OTE (telecoms staff union)".

    AVRIANI: "Deal for 'New Macedonia' is clinched. All the behind-the-scenes action in the talks between [Foreign Minister Dora] Bakoyannis and [UN mediator for the FYROM name issue Matthew ] Nimetz".

    CHORA: "Anxiety. Soaring oil prices, rice is gold. The world crisis peaks in energy, food"

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Greeks obsessed with lambs and their bellies".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Profiteers allowed to rampage uncontrolled. Development Minister Christos Folias is becoming minister of high prices."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Secret interest rates of up to 20 percent. The traps of loans and credit cards that rocket charges".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "They cut off a branch of the prime minister's office (play on words with the Greek 'kladi (branch) and the name of Kladas who resigned on Friday) [Finance Minister George] Alogoskoufis prevails in the underground war and Kladas resigns".

    ESTIA: "The trade unions are becoming brazen. Most strikes unjustified".

    ETHNOS: "New taxes make lower-middle incomes buckle. Sudden burden for this year's incomes".

    KATHIMERINI: "Some people will go to jail over Siemens. Public prosecutor's reply to petition by those involved."

    LOGOS: "Use of the name a thorn. Skopje lodges protest demarche with Greece".

    NIKI: "Austerity Easter. Rocketing prices lead thousands of households into want".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Popular Movement capable of tackling the opponent in all forms of struggle. Communist Party of Greece (KKE)'s new course to the people".

    TA NEA: "New 'retirement' scheme for cars coming from 2009. Proposals for diesel-powered also".

    TO VIMA: "Eurostat 'bomb' about the economy. Warning report to Athens".

    VRADYNI: "4,939 hired in civil service, local authorities".


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