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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Papandreou's interview with Spiegel
  • [02] Greek soccer results

  • [01] PM Papandreou's interview with Spiegel

    Prime minister George Papandreou expressed his determination to implement tough economic reforms, despite labor strikes in protest of the measures, which he admitted "will be very painful", in an interview with the German magazine Spiegel to appear in Monday's edition.

    "We have the support of the population. The trade unions know that too. I am determined to maintain my stance," the Greek premier said.

    "We all know that the whole thing will be very painful. This is about the survival of our country," he added.

    The premier expressed confidence that Greece can achieve the ambitions reduction in the budget deficit by clamping down on corruption and excessive state spending.

    "If our state functioned well, there would be little room for cuts. But since there is so much waste everywhere, we can save a lot, too," Papandreou said.

    "We need to understand the crisis as a chance to launch the necessary reforms," the premier said.

    He said that Greece was not "asking for money from Germany, even if it is sometimes presented like that", stressing that the country needs access to credit under the same conditions as other eurozone countries, in order to implement reforms.

    [02] Greek soccer results

    Panathinaikos Athens lost 2-1 away from PAOK Thessaloniki over the weekend but remained at the top of the Greek Super League standings, while Olympiacos Piraeus was held to a 1-1 draw away by Ergotelis Crete and AEK Athens beat Aris Thessaloniki 1-0 at home.

    In other action:

    Iraklis Thessaloniki-Levadiakos Livadia 1-1

    Kavala-Xanthi 2-1

    Atromitos Athens-Asteras Tripoli 0-0

    Larissa-Panthrakikos Komotini 0-2

    PAS Yiannina-Panionios Athens 2-3

    Standings after 23 weeks of play:

    1. Panathinaikos 52 points

    2. Olympiacos 50

    3. PAOK 50

    4. AEK 39

    5. Aris 35

    6. Kavala 33

    7. Atromitos 31

    8. Asteras 30

    9. Ergotelis 29

    10. Panionios 28

    11. Xanthi 25

    12. Iraklis 25

    13. Larissa 24

    14. PAS Yiannina 21

    15. Levadiakos 21

    16. Panthrakikos 12


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