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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-09

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  • [01] UN High Commission delegation for refugees to visit Leros
  • [02] FM Bakoyannis in Oslo, Stockholm
  • [03] Almunia on Greece's deficit
  • [04] ASE : Small decline
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] UN High Commission delegation for refugees to visit Leros

    A delegation of the UN High Commission's Information Sector on Refugees in Greece will pay a visit to the island of Leros on June 10-11, on the occasion of International Refugees Day on June 20.

    According to an announcement, Leros, as is the case with other islands in the Aegean, is receiving an increased number of foreigners lacking legalising documents, including refugees who are in need of international protection.

    [02] FM Bakoyannis in Oslo, Stockholm

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will travel to Oslo on Tuesday where she will be having talks on Wednesday morning with her Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store, focusing on regional and international issues of common interest, a ministry announcement said Monday.

    Bakoyannis will then travel to Stockholm, where she will be taking part in an informal dinner hosted by Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt for European Union foreign ministers, in view of the Swedish EU rotating presidency which begins on July 1. The priorities of the Swedish presidency will be presented at the dinner.

    [03] Almunia on Greece's deficit

    European Union

    [04] ASE : Small decline

    Equity prices were mixed at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.37 percent, standing at 2,363.40 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 26.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Construction, up 2.45 percent; Financial Services, up 2.42 percent; and Technology, up 2.34 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 4.02 percent; Food & Beverage, down 2.06 percent; and Telecoms, down 2.03 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.32 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.83 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.23 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 49 were up, 24 were down, and 21 were unchanged.

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The aftermath of the Euroelections and assessments on the results dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "(Main opposition) PASOK did not win, New Democracy (ruling party) lost - It is not difficult to reverse the political climate".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis makes his moves on the chessboard - He announces on Tuesday his first decisions at the Inner Cabinet meeting".

    AVGHI: "The specter of the Right and the extreme Right is looming over Europe - In Greece citizens voted for socialism".

    CHORA: "ND's hara-kiri - The newspaper lists ND's 'fatal mistakes' that led to the defeat".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Economic crisis, illegal migration, insecurity and Socialist parties' faulty handling showed, in the Euroelections, that Europe is turning the wheel more and more to the right".

    ELEFTHEROS: "ND MPs' and cadres' message after the defeat: Mr. Karamanlis throw out the dead weight".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Flurry of recommendations to ND leadership on overcoming the defeat".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Karamanlis in awkward position: He is looking at George Papandreou's back, and is dependant on Karatzaferis (Popular Orthodox Rally, LAOS, party leader).

    ESTIA: "ND paid for its statism - The Center-Left is on the rise only in Greece".

    ETHNOS: "Karamanlis in the corner, ND at the extremes - Pressure for reshuffle and...turn towards the Right".

    KATHIMERINI: "State and economy are awaiting solutions - Karamanlis is examining suggestions for changes in government's PR staff and the party".

    LOGOS: "Government seeking initiatives to reverse the climate".

    NIKI: "Recommends to Karamanlis for immediate reshuffle and general elections in autumn".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "All united and ready for struggle for social awakening and the working classes' counter-attack".

    TA NEA: "Karamanlis' dilemma after the elections: Taxes or (early) general elections".

    TO VIMA: "Either he changes or he sinks - Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis faces a dilemma- Extraordinary meeting of Inner Cabinet on Tuesday".

    VRADYNI: "Ballot's message to government: Embrace the citizens".

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