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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-17

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  • [01] Karamanlis unveils MEPs ballot
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Karamanlis unveils MEPs ballot

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Sunday unveiled his ruling New Democracy (ND) party's candidates list in the upcoming June 7 elections for the European Parliament, placing former minister and high-profile party cadre Marietta Yiannakou at the top of the list, a widely expected decision.

    Current MEP and Euro-Parliament VP Rodi Kratsa follows Yiannakou, herself a former education minister.

    "Our new ballot is comprised of people with experience in European issues; noted scientists in their respective professional sectors, people that can meet the heightened demands of the European Parliament and vis-?-vis our country," Karamanlis said during a press conference at the Zappeion Hall in downtown Athens.

    Other candidates, out of the 22 in total on the ballot, include Georgios Papastamkos; Costas Poupakis, a well-known labour unionist; Theodoros Skylakakis; George Koumoutsakos, the current foreign ministry spokesman; George Papanikolaou, the president of the ND-affiliated ONNED youth group; followed by Ioannis Tsoukalas, Stavros Papastavrou and Aliki Moschi -- the top 10 candidates.

    Greece will elect 22 MEPs in the current election, down from 24 MEPs in 2004. During the last Euro-elections, ND elected 11 MEPs.

    "ND is the pioneer and authentic expresser of (Greece's) European orientation; the political formation behind the major national choices in the country, the party that dares to take decisions and assume the political cost in order to take the difficult path for the collective good," Karamanlis said, adding: "These decisions have been vindicated over the passage of time, and this is the crucial point that characterises politics; it's this crucial point and others that we challenge any comparison".

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday editions of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Domestic political developments, including a 'feud' between former PASOK minister Theodoros Pangalos and the Communist Party (KKE), the expected announcement of the European Parliament candidate tickets by New Democracy and PASOK and the ubiquitous weekend opinion polls mostly dominated the front pages of Athens' dailies on Sunday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "New job spots opening".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Land Cadastre Company returning money to 50,000 beneficiaries within days".

    ARTHRO: "Storm of incarcerations ahead in Siemens case".

    AVGI: "Ballots of rage".

    AVRIANI: "16 insurance firms facing bankruptcy".

    CHORA: "The secrets for early retirement pensions".

    ETHNOS: "Knives will be unsheathed in ND with a Euro parliament defeat exceeding 3 percent".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: «Let him throw his resignation in their faces! Immediate, loud and condemnatory patriotic act by president of the republic".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Burning letters by Siemens towards PASOK minister -- Confidential correspondence in procurements for Hellenic Rail and electric cars".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Half-hearted vote ahead of Euro-elections".

    EPOCHI: "Ballot of hope for Coalition of the Left".

    Free Sunday (weekly): "Three fronts for the government".

    KATHIMERINI: "Indifferent parties merely observers of political shipwreck".

    LOGOS: "PM announces change in law over minister's legal liability".

    NIKI: "End of lies for Karamanlis".

    PARON: "Two major parties losing ground as Euro-elections approach".

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "Fevronia's strange business dealings".

    Realnews (weekly): "Theodoros Pangalos: Communist party invested in Germanos retailer. 'I will resign if I am proven wrong'."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Mobilisation for powerful communist party via ballot box".

    VIMA: "They're (government) hiding forthcoming economic measures".

    VRADYNI: "Successive social insurance coverage, new measures for rapid pensions".

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