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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-28

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  • [01] PM address at Sweden's Soc-Dems congress
  • [02] Papandreou to hold brief meeting in Brussels with fYRoM's Gruevski on Thurs.

  • [01] PM address at Sweden's Soc-Dems congress

    STOCKHOLM (ANA-MPA/G. Milionis) - Prime Minister and Socialist International President George Papandreou addressed the regular congress of Sweden's Social Democratic party on Wednesday evening, stressing his certainty that social democrats can give Eurpope and the world hope again.

    Speaking in Swedish, the prime minister expressed his personal feelings about Sweden and referred to the outcome of the Oct. 4 elections in Greece, saying that the Greek people "opened a new chapter, giving us a mandate for changes and respect for democratic institutions."

    Papandreou added that "our responsibility to place Greece in the new era is heavy, the challenges great, we shall succeed if we all work together."

    He further said that progressive forces must have solidarity to enable progressive majorities to be created in Europe and the world and for a progressive political agenda to emerge with the citizen as its focal point.

    Papandreou underlined that economic recovery and the exit from the crisis is the most important duty, while criticising conservative governments for taking advantage of the crisis, as he said, to decrease salaries and the rights of wage-earners.

    Finally, he stressed the need for the protecion of public wealth and referred to "green development" that constitutes the "pylon" of his party's programme, saying that it constitutes a central option for the government.

    "The crisis is an opportunity for change," he pointed out and, focusing on European social democracy, said that those who claim that it is in crisis are mistaken.

    [02] Papandreou to hold brief meeting in Brussels with fYRoM's Gruevski on Thurs.

    (ANA-MPA) -- Prime Minister George Papandreou is scheduled to have brief and informal meeting with the prime minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Nikola Gruevski, on the sidelines of a European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

    The meeting was reportedly arranged following a proposal by the Greek prime minister during a telephone conversation between the leaders on Wednesday, when Gruevski congratulated Papandreou over his Oct. 4 election victory and his assumption of the prime minister's post.

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