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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-14

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  • [01] Karamanlis inspects 'Ionia highway' works
  • [02] FM Bakoyannis in Thessaloniki
  • [03] OA's ground service to MIG
  • [04] Defence Minister at EU council
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Karamanlis inspects 'Ionia highway' works

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday toured a construction site for the Ionia highway near the western town Agrinio, calling the project "ambitious and long lasting and a decades-old dream for Epirus and northern Greece's inhabitants".

    Karamanlis said "the construction of Ionia highway has encountered many difficulties because it started in 1997 but was enormously delayed", adding that it is scheduled to be given over to public in the summer of 2009".

    [02] FM Bakoyannis in Thessaloniki

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, addressing a ruling New Democracy party event in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, on Friday, criticised those who are making promises unsparingly during the present difficult time that the crisis is dealing a blow at Greek households of proving that they have learnt nothing from their mistakes, that they are not providing solutions but are undermining the future.

    "We will not be swayed along this slippery path of populism, irresponsibility and demagoguery," she said, adding that "we are in a state of constant vigilance. We are working to enable us to exit from the crisis with the minimum consequences possible."

    Bakoyannis accused the main opposition PASOK party of "deadlocked populism" and said that all it does is to call for elections, not because it really wants them but in order to conceal the indigence of its proposals.

    She further said that in order to tackle the crisis, the government is implementing a plan based on backing the country's growth momentum, on monetary restructuring and on supporting the financially weaker.

    Also focusing on foreign policy, Bakoyannis said that the ND government is enhancing Greece's position in the international environment, strengthening its voice and boosting its prestige and influence.

    Bakoyannis will be touring the northern Pella prefecture on Saturday and in the evening she will be addressing a party event in the city of Edessa.

    [03] OA's ground service to MIG

    Marfin Investment Group (MIG) on Saturday announced that it will also purchase state-run Olympic Airways' ground handling service, after an earlier suitor, Swissport, failed to finalise a deal for the unit.

    Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis said the deal between Swissport and MIG was not completed within a set deadline that ended yesterday.

    "Negotiations between the state and MIG on finalising a deal for both Olympic Airways and its ground handling services to be purchased by MIG will proceed immediately," he said.

    MIG had promised to buy the ground handling services for a price of 44.8 million euros, as set by independent evaluators.

    [04] Defence Minister at EU council

    National Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis on Friday expressed Athens' support for EU-NATO cooperation, while addressing the last day of an informal EU defence ministers' council held in Prague.

    "We support cooperation between the two organisations, but based on full respect for the existing institutional framework and the principles of independence and autonomy of the processes and decision-making for the two organisations," he said.

    The minister also recognised that the UN had a leading role and responsibility for preserving international peace and security.

    "We support cooperation between the EU and UN in the area of handling crises, which is particularly important for international stability," he noted.

    Regarding a common strategy by the EU and Africa, he said it was "an important step toward security and development on the African continent".

    The council meeting focused on strategic cooperation between the EU and the United Nations, NATO and the African Union.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    A brash attack by self-styled anarchist vandals in the central Athens district of Kolonaki on Friday morning and the press leitmotif of early elections speculation dominated the headlines in Athens' dailies on Saturday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Hooded groups' dominion invincible".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Athens university rector Costas Moutzouris' radical proposal: Merge 23 university and 16 Polytechnics".

    AVGHI: "Acts of violence, state of fear".

    AVRIANI: "100 hooded individuals razed Athens".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Democracy in chaos".

    ELEFTHEROS: "50 tramps with hoods humiliated state".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Citizens in danger of paying huge taxes due to tax bureau's mistake".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Flirt with Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party brings turmoil in ruling New Democracy".

    ESTIA: "Tidying up of illegally closed balconies a preposterous manipulation".

    ETHNOS: "Cold shower for government in 'secret' polls".

    KATHIMERINI: "Universities an asylum for gangs - Hooded gangs ravaged Kolonaki and then found refuge in the Law school".

    LOGOS: "Crime provoked political explosion".

    NIKI: "The state falling apart - Citizens unprotected from criminal actions".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government covers up prosecution's threats towards unions".

    TA NEA: "Deputy Interior Minister for Public Order Christos Markoyannakis admits police incompetence to react effectively".

    VIMA: "Anarchy and insecurity - Hooded groups make new appearance in Athens and Thessaloniki".

    VRADYNI: "Citizens unprotected before the organised crime and vandals

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