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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-23

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samaras addresses ND Central Committee
  • [02] Promahonas farmers
  • [03] KKE leader on tour
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras addresses ND Central Committee

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing the party's Central Committee on Saturday, stressed the need for a new change in the country, adding that the course has already begun for ND that will be concluded with the party's 8th regular Congress of Principles and Positions.

    Samaras stressed that he will not tolerate introversion in the party, saying that "I do not owe anything to anyone. My only duty is towards the hundreds of citizens who voted. ND will become the pole of a new social majority and not a fragile coalition of personal strategies and groups."

    Referring to the farmers' issue, the ND leader reiterated that he is against roadblocks but added that the farmers' problems are serious because they have been led to a deadlock and concern society in its entirety.

    Samaras further said about the political and economic situation that "we are experiencing the worst winter in the past 35 years. Our mistakes are to blame as well as the unbelievable inertia of the government of PASOK. When it had become known that the deficit will exceed 12 percent, the spread was 135 and now its has exceeded 300. There are responsibilities."

    He also reiterated his basic positions on issues opened by the government, "administrative reform that is a plan of our own is being degraded with the 'Kallikratis' plan because it is taking place in an era of economic crisis without the limits of municipalities having been clarified, without the resources having been found."

    Samaras focused on the immigration issue as well, pointing out that "Greece is a gateway for the entry of illegal immigrants for Europe," adding that "the government is taking the most flexible measures without security valves. We do not envisage Greece as an enclosed fortress, but neither as a free-for-all."

    [02] Promahonas farmers

    Farmers from the Serres prefecture guarding the Promahonas checkpoint have decided not to meet Agricultural Development Minister Katerina Batzeli on Sunday.

    During their meeting with trade unionist from the Nikea roadblock, Vangelis Boutas, the farmers decided that their common main demand is the financial one and boosting their income. Consequently, the two roadblocks and another eight from the rest of the country will not have representatives attending the meeting with the minister.

    The border checkpoint leading to and from Bulgaria will remain closed, although it opened for a few hours on Saturday morning to help decongest traffic.

    [03] KKE leader on tour

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga will be touring farmers' roadblocks at Kastro, Alamana, Mikrothives and Nikea on Saturday.

    "It is better for roads to be closed than homes to be closed," Papariga said in Parliament on Friday during a discussion on the farmers' issue.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The farmers mobilisations, Prime Minister George Papandreou's appeal to farmers and the state of the economy dominated the headlines on Saturday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Overtime work in public sector to be stopped".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Bill on immigrants dividing Church".

    AVGHI: "Young farmers in front line".

    AVRIANI: "Bulgarian prime minister opened Promahonas roadblock and trucks passed freely for three hours".

    CHORA: "Papandreou in Parliament yesterday: There is no money for the farmers'".

    ELEFTHEROS: "From defence minister a 'knife' for military exercises and parades for economising reasons".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Venizelos 'vacates' Loverdos."

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Pensions with new system".

    ESTIA: "The closed roads close homes".

    ETHNOS: "There is no money for trade union solutions".

    IMERISSIA: "16 February, zero hour".

    KATHIMERINI: "Cost of loaning soaring".

    LOGOS: "BoG governor G. Provopoulos claims... in the eurozone only we shall succeed".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Test with bond-index for loaning of public sector".

    NIKI: "The good...fakir".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Timely question by KKE secretary general to prime minister".

    TA NEA: "Tax service speedily for 20 professions".

    TO VIMA: "Race for debt and the economy".

    VRADYNI: "G. Papandreou: Here is our plan for the farmers".


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