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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-31

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  • [01] PM continues tour of Epirus province
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM continues tour of Epirus province

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis continued his tour of northwest Greece on Saturday evening with an address in the port city of Igoumenitsa, Thesprotia prefecture, hours after inaugurating a crucial stretch of the Egnatia motorway that connects Greece's Ionian Sea coast with the Evros prefecture on the border with Turkey.

    Speaking a week before the European Parliament elections, Karamanlis continued to hammer home his ruling party's message and to sharply criticise the opposition, especially the main opposition, stressing that "above all we put the country's needs first."

    Conversely, he charged that opposition PASOK is irresponsible, given that it has stooped to "danger-mongering with the economy", as he said.

    Earlier, Karamanlis inspected works to upgrade and expand the port of Igoumenitsa, which services most ferry routes to the island of Corfu and increased routes to Italy. Igoumenitsa is the western-most destination of the Egnatia motorway, which spans the breadth of northern Greece.

    In referring to the wider Epirus region, in mountainous northwest Greece, he said the province is transforming into an energy hub, given the TGI natgas pipeline, along with the high-profile Egnatia and port upgrade projects.

    In again returning to the main opposition, he directly referred to two recent statements, ridiculing a "socialism or barbarism" phrase uttered by PASOK leadership last week, while emphasising that a statement by rival PASOK leader George Papandreou, namely, "either we change or we sink", doesn't refer to the country but to PASOK itself.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday editions of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Next Sunday's European Parliament elections, opinion polls and the resurgent interest in the Siemens bribery and kickbacks furor mostly dominated the headlines in the Sunday editions of Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Ruling New Democracy (ND) party to head into national elections with (PM Costas) Karamanlis: Interview by FM Dora Bakoyannis".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Relief for unemployed with 23,000 new jobs".

    AVGI: "Interview with leftist leader Alekos Alavanos".

    AVRIANI: "Jail them all (in Siemens case) before they escape overseas."

    CHORA: "New bank transfers to the 'codename' "Nikos" in Siemens case".

    ETHNOS: "PASOK ahead, ND unable to rally its grass roots".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Party leaders' debate once again revealed a political vacuum".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Opinion poll by MRB a week before the elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Four keys to reading the results of next week's Euro-elections".

    EPOCHI: "Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) so they'll lose their sleep".

    KATHIMERINI: "The ballot box's dilemmas and parties' anxieties".

    LOGOS: "ND's pre-election strategy revolves around Premier Costas Karamanlis".

    NIKI: "Forecast at 3.5 percentage points: ND sees clear lead by PASOK".

    PARON (weekly): "Everyone betting on Ecologist-Greens' 'bubble' bursting in election".

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "Six bank transfers totaling 20 million euros by Siemens to ND", the paper said, citing a "bombshell of a document".

    Realnews (weekly): "(One-time Siemens Hellas executive Mihalis Christoforatos, from Munich): I have many weapons at my disposal and I will use them. He's threatening from Munich."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Optimism for people's power for a strong Communist Party (KKE) via Euro-elections".

    VIMA: "PASOK ahead by three points over ND".

    VRADYNI: "All the changes in pensions".

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