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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-29

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  • [01] Papandreou addresses FSP's 'Summer University'
  • [02] Athens Metro plans
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou addresses FSP's 'Summer University'

    PASOK party leader and Socialist International President George Papandreou addressed the French Socialist Party's "Summer University" at La Rochelle on Saturday on the theme of the "Geopolitics of the crisis," stressing that "the citizens are looking for alternative solutions to the crisis."

    Papandreou stressed at this point that "we socialists can become a force of change."

    The French socialists' "Summer University" is a forum for discussion that has been functioning for about 15 years, the annual conclusions from its work are taken into consideration during the processing of the French socialists' policy positions, while this year's "University" is also being attended by personalities not belonging to the Socialist Party.

    Papandreou went on to say that although voices are being heard that the crisis is nearing its end, however "if we are not careful it will return" and stressed that "we must not allow this" and opposed the "privatisation of benefits and the 'socialisation' of losses."

    The PASOK leader said that policies concerning markets over the past 30 years need revising, pointing out that the socialists have followed at times, sometimes partially and sometimes in their entirety, some of these policies, adding that the voice must be heard of the excluded and of those affected by the crisis and new policies must be shaped at all levels.

    Papandreou further said that "the question is that the market and the state must serve the citizen" and proposed "democratic governance and democratic control of the market."

    After his address, Papandreou attended a luncheon given for him by the French Socialist Party's first secretary Martine Aubry.

    [02] Athens Metro plans

    The section of the Athens Metro between the Ethniki Amyna station and the airport will be resuming its routes by Monday at the latest.

    It had stopped functioning several months ago as a result of the construction of three new stations (Nomismatokopio, Holargos and Agia Paraskevi).

    As of Monday, only the Nomismatokopio station is expected to operate, that is expected to serve about 30,000 passengers on a daily basis, while a parking lot for 630 cars will also be available.

    The Holargos station will be delivered at the end of 2009 and that of Agia Paraskevi in 2010.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The wildfires, election speculation and conclusions drawn from meetings between the prime minister and trade unions dominated newspaper headlines on Saturday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Strengthening fluidity, easing 'Tiresias', successive insurance e.t.c.".

    APOGEVMATINI: "New land plan for islands and coastal areas".

    AVGHI: "Land plots for sale on beaches".

    AVRIANI: "Rigillis's political planning anticipates elections on October 11".

    ELEFTHEROS: "No to early elections from ND deputies".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA : "Here is the...forest of state lawlessness".

    ESTIA: "Early elections a political mistake".

    ETHNOS : "3 thorns on path to elections."

    KATHIMERINI: "Election scenarios dividing ND".

    LOGOS: "Government 'tightlipped' about elections or reshuffle".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "PAME: Massive class action".

    TA NEA: "Finishing titles for government".

    TO VIMA: "Exit preparation".

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