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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-16

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  • [01] PM on Middle East, new warning to Skopje
  • [02] Etihad Airways flies to Athens
  • [03] ASE opening: Hefty rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM on Middle East, new warning to Skopje

    The government is proceeding with the interests of Greece as its sole criteria, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis stressed on Friday in parliament, and sent another strict message to Skopje, warning that as long as FYROM continued following a policy of intransigence, its road to the EU and NATO would remain closed, in reply to a question tabled by the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party during the Hour of the Prime Minister.

    Greece further advocates the achievement of a lasting solution in the Middle East with the establishment of a Palestinian state that will live peacefully side-by-side with the state of Israel, the prime minister said, in reply to another question tabled by Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) parliamentary group leader Alekos Alavanos.

    He noted that Greece had been among the first European countries to back the three-point solution comprising an immediate and lasting ceasefire, the creation of humanitarian corridors, and the solution of two independent states -- that of Palestine and the state of Israel.

    "It goes without saying that the interventions of every European country are more effective if they are part of a uniform European framework," Karamanlis added.

    Greece, he continued "was among the first, if not the first, to send humanitarian aid (to Gaza), while he also categorically denied that the issue had ever arisen of trans-shipment of (US) war supplies to an Israeli port through the Greek port of Astakos. Karamanlis explained that a relevant request had been submitted, but "no trans-shipment was ever made".

    "I stress, one more time, the need for an immediate truce. We condemn violence from wherever it originates," the prime minister stressed.

    Addressing himself to Alavanos specifically, Karamanlis said that "the no service is done to the country's interests with aphorisms and fireworks", and reiterated that "no trans-shipment of materiel has taken place at any Greek port".

    "No one can dispute the credibility of Greece, the Greece that developed and is developing the role that has been acknowledged by everyone over the times," the premier stressed.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis addresses in parliament on Friday 16 January 2009. ANA-MPA/PANTELIS SAITAS

    [02] Etihad Airways flies to Athens

    [03] ASE opening: Hefty rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), influenced by the major international money markets, with the basic share price index up 2.02 percent, standing at 1,744.31 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 13.4 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward acros the board, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 3.66 percent; Health, up 3.34 percent; Food & Beverage, up 2.73 percent; Raw Materials, up 2.49 percent; and Construction, up 2.46 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 2.32 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.68 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.88 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 66 were up, 4 were down, and 20 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The state of the Greek economy, FinMin Yannis Papathanassiou's message to banks to back enterprises' liquidity, measures for the unemployed, and the ongoing conflict in Gaza Strip dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS "Unemployment rate in Greece dropped to 7.4 % despite the global financial crisis".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Employment Minister Fani Palli-Petralia preannounced in parliament a to double or raise the Easter bonus to the unemployed"

    AVGHI: "After the enviroment, democracy also to be buried in concrete - Ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK state: The bipartisan consensus is the Law".

    AVRIANI: "FinMin's severe warning to bankers ".

    CHORA: "FinMin's message to the bankers on the (government's) 28 billion euros (liquidity-boosting package): Open the faucets!"

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "They thirst for police officers' blood - The Revolutionary Struggle proclamation is a text written with extreme impudence, full of sarcasm for the police and provocative towards Society".

    ELEFTHEROS: "ND's secret trump cards aiming to reverse the political climate - Hirings with limits in public sector".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Emergency packag: Double Easter bonus to the unemployed, subsidized employment in public sector also, acceleration of borrowing procedures for the small and medium sized enterprises and completion for 800,000 professionals".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Shock and horror - International outcry over Israel's merciless bombing of Gaza".

    ESTIA: "The Constitiution stipulates general elections every four years - The climate of political instability harms the country".

    ETHNOS: "The increase in bounced checks on the market is suffocating the real economy".

    KATHIMERINI: "Stifling conditions prevailing in the market - The largest monthly increase in bounced checks since 1960".

    LOGOS: "Government's severe message the banks on the 28 billion euros".

    NIKI: "Former FinMin George Alogoskoufis 'message' to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis not to downrate him".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Determined public resistance against the policy of profiteering".

    TA NEA: "The banks capitalizing on the (benefits from the) interest rates' reductions - Gift without substance for the borrowers".

    TO VIMA: "New FinMin sends signal to the bankers: It's time for the banks to open up their coffers".

    VRADYNI: "New breather from ECB decision to reduce the interest rates".

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