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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] MPs return from Kabul visit
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] MPs return from Kabul visit

    An inter-party Parliamentary delegation returned from Kabul on Saturday after visiting the Greek peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. The 11 MPs from Parliament's defence and foreign affairs committee were led by the committee chairman Miltiades Varvitsiotis and represented three of the five parties in Parliament, ruling New Democracy, main opposition PASOK and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS).

    No MPs were sent by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).

    A Parliament press release said the delegation paid a brief visit to the Greek troops stationed in Afghanistan and congratulated the officers and NCOs on the faultless operation of their unit, their contribution to improving the country's international image under very difficult conditions while wishing them a happy Easter.

    Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas also issued a written message thanking Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis and the head of the Army General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dimitris Voulgaris for their support of the Greek MPs and for helping them gain a clear picture of the mission and work done by the Greek forces stationed in Kabul.

    Caption: A file photo dated Monday, 14 November 2005, shows Greek International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers at the site of suicide car bomb explosion on Jalalabad road in Kabul. ANA-MPA/ EPA/SYED JAN SABAWOON

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday edition of Athens' newspapers at a glance

    The FYROM "name issue", speculation over the sale of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), and labour relations in the public sector were the main front-page items in Sunday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Retroactive payments (of increases to salaries, pensions and benefits, as of the beginning of the year) coming (in early June)".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Massive aid to Skopje, provided...they agree to a mutually acceptable name", referring to an exclusive interview with foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis.

    AVGHI: "Andreas Vgenopoulos (MIG vice-president) against Tsipras (SYN leader) - Because he did not shape up..." adding that Vgenopoulos' slander suit against Tsipras has been submitted.

    AVRIANI: "The managers of the German multinational's (Siemens) 'black funds' threaten to 'burn' politicians".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The Putin plan on energy, and Athens' role".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Yavolt (German word for 'yes') to everything in OTE - Zero Hour - The Germans (Deutsche Telekom, which recently acquired MIG's 19 percent share package in OTE) demand managing director and half the seats on the board of directors".

    ETHNOS: "Megaton bombs in the public sector - Plan being prepared for full upset of labour relations".

    KATHIMERINI: "Athens 'sending away' its inhabitants - 65 percent want to move to other city - Citizens dissatisfied with Kaklamanis' tenure".

    LOGOS: "Danger of new supervision of economy by the European Commission".

    NIKI: "They're giving Karamanlis a 'face-lift' - Mechanism to protect him from the major decline (in his popularity)".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Labour-wide class-based resistance and demand of our needs".

    TO VIMA: "ND government preparing summer 'offers' - Projects worth billions of euro to be 'closed' in the coming months".

    VRADYNI: "Public sector: Major upset in pensions - When early retirement is of benefit".


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