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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-15

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  • [01] High-profile con'f focuses on Greek-FYROM ties, 'name issue'
  • [02] KKE leader : Crisis will be acute
  • [03] New oil exploration off Kavala
  • [04] Olympiakos, PAO advance
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] High-profile con'f focuses on Greek-FYROM ties, 'name issue'

    Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos on Sunday inaugurated a two-day conference entitled "Greece-fYRoM: The Causes of the Crisis and Greece's Position after the Bucharest Summit -- Possible Solution, Prospects", organised by ruling New Democracy party's affiliated students group in the southern coastal town of Nafplio.

    Avramopoulos, a former Athens mayor and career diplomat, stressed that Greece in the beginning of the 1990s lost many opportunities to resolve the thorny issue, and should have accepted the name 'Slavo-macedonia' for the neophyte state that emerged to its immediate north.

    "We have lost 10 years," he said.

    Moreover, he stressed that "in case of a referendum not a single Greek citizen would accept the name 'Macedonia'," for the international recognised name of the former Yugoslav republic.

    New Democracy MEP Manolis Angelakas, on his part, emphasised that the current FYROM government's provocations demonstrated "irredentism", while he referred, in detail, to the NATO's summit in Bucharest last April, underlining that "FYROM received the message that it won't be accepted into the Atlantic Alliance under its own conditions".

    Others speakers included ND parliament member Elsa Papadimitriou, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party MP Adonis Georgiadis, Amb. Constantinos Georgiou, "name issue" expert and researcher Evangelos Kofos and others.

    [02] KKE leader : Crisis will be acute

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga said that the global financial crisis showed up the impasses of capitalism, and the superiority of the socialist system, in an interview appearing in the Sunday edition of Kathimerini newspaper.

    Papariga opined that the crisis would be acute when it hit Greece.

    She also predicted that the New Democracy (ND) government would not serve out its entire four-year term, adding that the "forces of capital" wanted a strong government of consensus, "in other words a government that will be able, as they think, to impose even harsher anti-popular measures".

    On electoins, "whenever they take place", Papariga called for the voters to back KKE (even if they do not agree with us on everything" because her party "is the guarantee for the daily life of the working people in order to avert the worst".

    She further criticized the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) that its occasional metamorphoses and Leftist slogans could not conceal its opportunism nor the bankrupt social-democratic views it cultivates.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party of Greece secretary general Aleka Papariga

    [03] New oil exploration off Kavala

    Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis on Saturday characterised a new 200-million-dollars oil exploration project in the Kavala Gulf of northern Greece as "one of the most important investments in Greece at the moment".

    The exploration aims to exploits fossil fuel deposits in the North Prinos zone, undertaking by the companies Kavala Oil and Energiaki S.A.

    At a company presentation, Hatzidakis stressed that the state supports healthy and major investments, while he also underlined that the specific investment is being carried out completely with private capital.

    The Greek minister, who holds the energy portfolio, praised the company's environmental protection over the past 30 years since it has been active in the Kavala Gulf region, between the northeast mainland and popular Thassos island.

    According to company officials, the goal is production of 13,000 barrels of oil on a daily basis via three rigs above the deposit "E" of the North Prinos zone, and using the all-weather drilling technology "energy exerter". One of the rigs has already arrived at the port of Kavala from Norway, following a three-month journey.

    Caption: The

    [04] Olympiakos, PAO advance

    Olympiakos Piraeus retained its nine-point lead over second-place Panathinaikos Athens on Sunday after bashing Iraklis Thessaloniki at home 5-0, with all the goals scored in the second half. Panathinaikos, meanwhile, overtook PAOK Thessaloniki in second place after edging relegated Thrasyvoulos Athens 1-0 away.

    Results of other Greek Superleague games over the weekend.

    Larissa - PAOK Thessaloniki (Sat.) 0-0

    AEK Athens - OFI Crete (Sat.) 1-0

    Aris Thessaloniki - Xanthi (Sat.) 0-1

    Ergotelis Crete - Asteras Tripolis 0-1

    Levadiakos Livadia - Panionios Athens 1-1

    Panthrakikos Komotini - Panserraikos Serres 2-1

    STANDINGS(after 26 weeks)

    Olympiakos 62

    Panathinaikos 53

    PAOK 51

    AEK 50

    Larissa 39

    Xanthi 35

    Aris 35

    Asteras Tripolis 32

    Panionios 30

    Ergotelis 30

    Iraklis 29

    Levadiakos 29

    Panserraikos 22

    OFI Crete 20

    Thrasyvoulos 13

    Caption: Panathinaikos striker Antonis Petropoulos(L) and Thrasyvoulos midfielder Evangelos Tsiolis (R)challenge for the ball at the match Thrasyvoulos -Panathinaikos on Sunday 15 March 2009 at Fyli football field. ANA-MPA/DIMITRIS BIRDAHAS

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Political developments, an apparent rapprochement between main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou and his predecessor, former prime minister Costas Simitis, the economy and crime were the main front-page items in Sunday's newspapers

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Crisis within Church of Greece; 'rebellion' in Mesogaia (east Attica prefecture) bishopric the reason".

    APOGEVMATINI: "New pay scales in public sector announced at end of March".

    AVGI: "Quo" in reference to unemployment.

    AVRIANI: "Businesspeople, bankers should assume their responsibilities in order to deal with economic situation".

    CHORA: "How to save money, time in this year's tax returns"

    ETHNOS: "September 'ground zero' for Greek economy".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Where is Church headed?"

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "'I'll fight until the end', PM Costas Karamanlis reiterates his decisions amid economic crisis.

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "OK by Ecofin council for 5% VAT rate to achieve cuts in indirect taxes for tourism services, construction; Athens mute".

    EPOCH: "They're killing off employment".

    FREE SUNDAY: "Desperate measures due to corruption".

    KATHIMERINI: "New Scotland Guard unit in Athens on Monday to help reorganise anti-terrorism service".

    LOGOS: "Rising crime rate a headache for government".

    NIKI: "Most difficult summer ahead for tourism sector".

    REALNEWS: "(LA.OS party head George) Karatzaferis in front of us, not with us," interview by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.

    PARON: "Nightmares for Costas, George from economic crisis, terrorism".

    PROTO THEMA: "Live and let other Greeks die; brutal indifference by state".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Struggle continues on Tuesday against plutocracy".

    VIMA: "Total recall of PASOK to power; new situation following Papandreou-Simitis rapprochement".

    VRADYNI: "How to secure your pension".

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