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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-29

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

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  • [01] PM addresses election rally in Markopoulo

  • [01] PM addresses election rally in Markopoulo

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis addressed an election campaign rally, ahead of the June 7 Euroelections, on Friday evening in the eastern Attica town of Markopoulo, saying his government was committed to "respond to the challenges of this present difficult time, to handle the national issues, to serve the citizens' needs."

    Commenting on the main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou's slogan "either we change or we sink", the prime minister said that citizens "understand that this dilemma concerns only the PASOK leadership."

    "They are trying to transfer their intra-party agonies to the entire society," Karamanlis noted.

    "Let the PASOK leadership answer the following question: what would make the country sink? Responsibility or irresponsibility? Stability or instability? Seriousness or frivolity? Is it or isn't true that PASOK policies have sank in public debts and unemloyment. What I have to add is this: what is now sinking is populism, attempts to misinform and irresponsibility," Karamanlis added.

    He also accused the main opposition party of attempting the "deviation of public dialogue from politics to the chaos of para-politics."

    PASOK, the prime minister said, "has no positions, has no strategy. It does not dare shape proposals for the difficult problems and it continues to put above national interest petty party interests."

    Referring to his government, Karamanlis said it was putting on track a dialogue aiming at consolidating transparency in public life and the public sector, it continued the reform of the country's educational system, the reform of the social security system while it prepared the gradual opening of closed markets and professions.


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