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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-29

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

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  • [01] Papandreou meets with Biden, Brown in Chile
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou meets with Biden, Brown in Chile

    Santiago (ANA-MPA/V. Mourtis) - Main opposition PASOK leader and Socialist International (SI) president George Papandreou met on Saturday with new US Vice-President Joseph Biden in the Chilean city of Vina Del Mar, on the sidelines of a dinner hosted by Chilean president Michelle Bacelet for the socialist leaders, heads of state and government attending a world soclialist leaders' conference on a progressive solution to the global financial crisis, which was also attended by Biden.

    This was the new US vice president's first meeting with a Greek politician since his assumption of the office in January.

    The lengthy meeting took place in a friendly climate, and Papandreou urged that US President Barack Obama also visit Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios during his upcoming trip to Turkey.

    Papandreou also said that, when he took over as prime minister in Greece, he sould follow an aggressive diplomatic policy with the assumption of initiatives towards all the countries of the region, in the framework of international law, and expressed hope that he would have the support of the US on a pollicy of principles and rules, rather than a policy of two sets of standards and measures.

    Biden replied that the US did not adopt the rationale of two sets of standards and measues, but also sought a policy with a framework and rules.

    Papandreou also met with British prime minister Gordon Brown, and the two men agreed to hold another discussion ahead of the G-20 Summit in London, sometime after the Stiglitz Committee's meeting in New York on Tuesday, which the SI chief would be attending.

    He further met with Brazilian president Ignacio Lula da Silva, with whom he renewed their rendezvous in New York in the autumn, where da Silva's party's accession to SI would e discussed.

    On Saturday night, Papandreou attended the annual event held by the Greek community of Valparaiso for the March 25th, 1821 anniversary. In a brief greeting, Papandreou stressed the bonds between Greece and Chile.

    Papandreou was due on Sunday to fly from Chile to New York, to attend the final session of the Stiglitz Committee before it submits its proposals to the G-20 summit.

    Caption: Main opposition PASOK leader and Socialist International president George Papandreou (L) with new US Vice-President Joe Biden at the world summit of socialist leaders, heads of state and government in Vina Del Mar, Chile. (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The global financial crisis, social security, unemployment, politics and the June Europarliament elections were the main front-page items in Sunday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Obama-Karamanlis meeting before the US President visits Ankara".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The lists (of candidates) for the Euroelections - The new faces in all the parties".

    AVGHI: "The individual (employment) contracts a 'carte blanche' to the employers".

    AVRIANI: "I am waging the battle on the front line - Karamanlis response to the scenaria according to which he is abandoning the leadership of New Democracy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "84 percent (of ND voters say to Karamanlis) Remain at the helm, even if you lose" the elections.

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New games with equality".

    ETHNOS: "Opinion poll: The ND leader is fading - He's losing the Euroelections, and sinking in the national elections".

    KATHIMERINI: "Greece unshielded against unemployment".

    LOGOS: "Karamanlis states: I am present at the front line of the battle".

    NIKI: "Karamanlis 'escaping' before the Euroelections - The (ND) helm passes to Dora (foreign minister Bakoyannis)".

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "Salaries in private sector, too, to be frozen - Ultimatum from European Central Bank to Papathanassiou (economy and finance minister)".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "KKE central committee declaration on the Euroelections: Insubordination, break, reversal, for a Greece that fulfills the people's needs".

    TO VIMA: "Medicines a bomb - Health spending threatens the budget - State pays 5.2 billion euros - Fraud, bogus prescriptions and unnecessary examinations".

    VRADYNI: "The 'closed' professions up in the air".


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