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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-28

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  • [01] PM departs for Brussels, briefed by FM
  • [02] National plan on education
  • [03] Social cohesion necessary
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM departs for Brussels, briefed by FM

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis left Saturday afternoon for Brussels, where he will attend Sunday's extraordinary EU summit in light of the global financial crisis. Before his departure, Karamanlis was briefed by foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis on her visit to the US and her talks in Washington and New York.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bakoyannnis said she briefed the premier on her visit and talks in the US, and on the "new spirit" in the US, as well as the need for further rapprochement.

    Bakoyannis further said that the world was facing an immense international crisis, which also touched Greece.

    She added that the government had a clear-cut plan, stressing that a common European policy was necessary.

    "We are facing this problem, together," Bakoyannis said.

    [02] National plan on education

    The government's national plan for education was above and beyond parties and agencies, education minister Aris Spiliotopoulos said in an interview with the financial weekly Kosmos tou Ependyti (Investor's World) appearing on Saturday.

    Spiliotopoulos said that he was not seeking the "role of regulator". The national plan on education was above and beyond political parties and agencies, and even individuals, the minister added.

    He said that his ambition was "for all of us together to plan a long-term strategy on education".

    [03] Social cohesion necessary

    The preservation of social cohesion was a prerequisite for overcoming the global financial crisis, main opposition PASOK officer for the economy Louka Katseli said in an interview appearing in the financial weekly Kosmos tou Ependyti (Investor's World) on Saturday.

    She added that the present economic crisis was a result of the rationale that the markets were self-regulated and that they can function efficienty without rules.

    The PASOK MP further said that bold leaderships were were necessary, prepared to proceed with breaks and deep changes and to undertake initiatives in order to put in force rules for regulating the iinternational credit markets.

    Katseli also criticized the ND government of failing to effectively shore up the Greek economy over the past five years (that ND has been inpower), adding that "the worst is ahead of us" and that a reversal of the current policy was more necessary than ever.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The global financial crisis and Sunday's extraordinary EU summit, political developments and the situation on the market were the main front-page items in Saturday's dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Carnival celebrations throughout the country" ahead of Clean Monday, which marks the beginning of the 40-day Lent period leading up to Greek Orthodox Easter.

    APOGEVMATINI: "Greeks now fear loans - The economic crisis makes consumers and businesses more cautious".

    AVGHI: "They're hiding the figures on the layoffs - 250,000 new unemployed in the euro-zone in January".

    CHORA: "Households, businesses stifled - They cannot repay the loans - Market liquidity has run dry".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Karamanlis is big, but the boat is small - He is first choice in opinion polls as to who is the most suitable for prime minister".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Sioufas (parliament president) 'buried' Karamanlis' letter on corruption (seeking the establishment of an inter-party commitee on transparency in public life) - The parliament president's big stumbling block against the prime minister and ND".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Fires ignited in PASOK over the 'secret dinner' - Papandreou and Ragoussis with 12 businessmen in Ekali (Papandreou's residence)".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Loans freeze, taxes 'warm up' - The market depleted of cash, although the banks have been reinforced (under the government's 28 billion euros liquidity package)".

    ESTIA: "Reinforcement of the market necessary - Consumption must increase at any sacrifice".

    ETHNOS: "Special offers a life-raft for the market - Sales period ends, 15-day...sell-off period begins".

    KATHIMERINI: "The economy putting Europe to the test - The distribution of the cost is the problem".

    LOGOS: "Even fewer loans - New deceleration of the rate of funding of businesses and households".

    NIKI: "The loans have run dry - The banks have put a halt on funding".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Alert in the class movement - Immense government responsibilities over the prosecutor's intervention in favor of the multinational company Jumbo".

    TA NEA: "The big 'trick' of the last five years - Tax 'gift' of 2.2 billion euros to the rich".

    TO VIMA: "Karamanlis walking tightrope among Putin, Obama, Sarkozy and Merkel - Pressured by the crisis, he's trying to balance among the internationally irreconcilable".

    VRADYNI: "3,260 hirings in the public sector and state organizations".

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