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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-15

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  • [01] Deadline for submission of candidacies
  • [02] Labour minister on unemployment
  • [03] KKE: No grace period to gov't
  • [04] Coppola, Egoyan in Athens
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Deadline for submission of candidacies

    [02] Labour minister on unemployment

    Commenting on the rising unemployment figures reported by Greece's National Statistics Service on Wednesday, Labour and Social Insurance Minister Andreas Loverdos described the situation as "tragic" and one "that demands we devote all our strength to getting the country back on its feet."

    The announcement that unemployment had risen to 9.6 percent in July, up from 7 percent in July 2008 and before the tourist season had ended, indicated an "explosive" rise in unemployment according to the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE).

    According to GSEE, "real unemployment rates are more than 15 percent, while at the end of the tourist period the situation will become dire".

    Greece's largest umbrella trade union organisation stated that workers and society were now "paying the cost of an anti-developmental and anti-labour policy, which attempted to solve the problem of unemployment with hiring through Stage programmes, four-day weeks and fully flexible labour relations".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Labour and Social Insurance Minister Andreas Loverdos

    [03] KKE: No grace period to gov't

    The Parliamentary Group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) underlined that it will give "no grace period to the new government" and "will not let even one day be wasted" in a statement issued Wednesday after its first session following the Oct. 4 general elections.

    The statement stresses that "workers should take the situation into their own hands, defend their rights, block the anti-popular measures prepared, demand that their current needs be met and open the way to radical reforms and upsets".

    The KKE MPs maintained that the new PASOK government, despite its declarations to the contrary, will implement the same anti-popular policy, while New Democracy (ND) will be a pressure factor leading the government to speed up the implementation of its anti-popular measures. As regards the rest political parties of the opposition, they do not enter into a real confrontation with the dominant policy, the statement concludes.

    According to the statement, the post of the KKE Parliamentary Group Secretary will be filled by Achilleas Kantartzis, parliamentary spokesmen will be Spyros Halvatzis and Thanassis Pafilis, while Vera Nikolaidou is proposed for the post of the Parliament Vice-President and Yiannis Giokas for Parliament Secretary.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist party leader Aleka Papariga

    [04] Coppola, Egoyan in Athens

    World-renowned filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola (USA) and Atom Egoyan (Canada) will be in Athens for the Panorama of European Cinema festival to take place on Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, hosted by the Municipality of Athens.

    Coppola will attend the premiere in Athens of his film "Tetro" on Nov. 1 and during his stay in Athens will give a "master class" at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.

    Canadian film director Atom Egoyan will also join audiences in Athens and watch his new movie titled "Chloe", starring Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson.

    Caption: ANA-MPA/EPA file photo of US film director Francis Ford Coppola at a press conference at the 'Quinzaine des Realisateurs' (Film directors' conference) at the Cannes film festival in Cannes, France, 14 May 2009. EPA/CAROLINE BLUMBERG

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    The dockworkers' ongoing strike in Piraeus, Prime Minister George Papandreou's series of measures for transparency and meritocracy in the public sector and the developments in main opposition New Democracy ahead of its November 7 Extraordinary Congress, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Scent of woman in the new parliament", referring to the increased number of women MPs.

    APOGEVMATINI: "Government in the middle of a storm - Strike continues in Piraeus port".

    AVGHI: "Cosco, take everything -Government negotiating expansion of Piraeus port contract".

    AVRIANI: "The country's collapsing economy faces major threat".

    CHORA: "Meimarakis furious against Karamanlis, Sioufas on the handling of the Extraordinary Congress issue (and others issues also)".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Greece's veto against FYROM's accession to EU in the waste bin - EU begins negotiations without prior resolution of the name issue".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Karamanlis: Meimarakis (former Defence Minister) are you crazy? - Clash between two men over the Congress".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Situation in Piraeus port is a 'Chinese water torture'."

    ESTIA: "Ravaged state, huge waste".

    ETHNOS: "George opens war on state of political favours - Measures for transparency and meritocracy".

    KATHIMERINI: "Strike in Piraeus port turns into a thriller - Government seeks a compromise solution - Cosco is hesitant".

    LOGOS: "Economy, Shipping and Competitiveness Minister Louka Katseli: Contract with Cosco will not be annulled".

    NIKI: "George's new dogma: Clash with authority".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "PASOK hands over the port to COSCO".

    TA NEA: "Condition in ports and shipyards a 'baptism of fire' for the new government - Meanwhile, unemployment reaches 10 percent".

    TO VIMA: "The 'four keys' for the new state".

    VRADYNI: "Government trapped in its pre-electoral promises".

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