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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-03-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM meets with former US President Bill Clinton
  • [02] Suspect killed in exchange of fire with police
  • [03] Talks on pipelines
  • [04] Kakoyiannis Foundation opens
  • [05] ASE opening: Rise
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM meets with former US President Bill Clinton

    Washington (ANA-MPA/T. Ellis) -- Prime minister George Papandreou met on Tuesday with former US President Bill Clinton.

    In statements afterwards, Clinton was positive on the Greek economy and on Papandreou's efforts.

    He opined that the problem of the Greek economy stems from the fact that the EU first unified its currency before union at economic and political level, adding that the long-term prospects for Greece remain "exceptionally auspicious" and that it is a good bet that it will overcome the crisis.

    [02] Suspect killed in exchange of fire with police

    ANA-MPA/An as yet unidentified man was killed in an exchange of fire with police at dawn Wednesday in the northeastern Athens suburb of Dafni.

    According to early information, the crew of a police patrol car passing by the site spotted in a car two persons they perceived as acting suspiciously, and asked them to present identification. The two suspects disembarked from the car and opened fire against the policemen, who returned the shots.

    [03] Talks on pipelines

    ANA-MPA/Deputy Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Ioannis Maniatis met on Tuesday with the ambassador of the Russian Federation Vladimir Chkhikvishivili, with talks focusing on the promotion of pipeline projects.

    "Greece supports the immediate promotion of works regarding the construction of the two pipelines of mutual interest, the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline and the South Stream natgas pipeline, while it pursues close bilateral cooperation with Russia," Maniatis said.

    [04] Kakoyiannis Foundation opens

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and Cyprus President Demetris Christofias inaugurated on Tuesday evening the ''Michalis Kakoyiannis Foundation", housed in an Athens central building.

    The inauguration event took place in the presence of Cypriot born Michalis Kakoyiannis, director of world acclaimed films such as Stella, Electra, Zorba the Greek and The Trojan Women.

    [05] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.30 percent, standing at 2,112.19 points at 11:00 a.m., and turnover at 28.383 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward nearly across the board with the biggest gains in Banks, up 1.28 percent; and Insurance, up 1.66 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Financial Services, down 0.84 percent; and Telecoms, down 0.86 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.58 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.42 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.28 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 37 were up, 15 were down, and 22 were unchanged.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    Prime Minister George Papandreou's meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington, the US government's decision to abolish the visa requirement for Greek citizens and the US's political support to Greece, the deliberations in Europe aiming to establish a common front against speculators, and the nationwide labour strike on Thursday, dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Thousands of contract holders in public sector justified by the plenary of the Court of Audit - They will retroactively receive their salaries".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Greeks will not need a visa to travel to USA - US President manifested his support to Greece by abolishing the visa requirement, and US participation in the battle against speculation".

    AVGHI: "Solidarity messages from confederation of European labor unions for Thursday's nationwide strike in Greece".

    AVRIANI: "Papandreou called on Obama to put a stop to the speculators - Their meeting focused on the economy, the Cyprus issue, the (Aegean) continental shelf and the Balkans".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Piraeus Port Authority president George Anomeritis' provocative gift to unionists - He's giving money under the table while the employees' are groaning".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "He have visa (waiver) for support - Papandreou's 45-minute meeting with Obama".

    ESTIA: "We must take care of our own house - Support from abroad is not enough".

    ETHNOS: "Papandreou received visa (waiver) from the White House - Agreement on the international fight against speculators".

    IMERISSIA: "Coalition against the speculators - Obama's pledge on markets' control".

    KATHIMERINI: "Papandreou, Obama's meeting was held in a warm climate - After the meeting, the abolition of visa requirement for Greek citizens was announced".

    LOGOS: ".....And the abolition of the visa came - Prime Minister described the action as 'a vote of confidence'."

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "A support mechanism for Greece in being prepared - Europe mulling the intervention data if such is deemed necessary in the future".

    NIKI: "The prime minister writes history....Papandreou-Obama meeting changed the status quo for Greece".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government, EU and plutocracy: They curtail the salaries and the contracts and deregulate the firings in public and private sector".

    TA NEA: "Obama's visa to George (Papandreou) - Support from the White House".

    TO VIMA: "Obama gives visa (waiver), and US assistance to Europe".

    VRADYNI: "Society in a crisis - The country at a standstill on Thursday due to nationwide strike".


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