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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-09

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

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  • [01] Cyclists, brilliant weather on Mother's Day in Athens
  • [02] V-E Day commemorated
  • [03] Polls on austerity plan, bailout

  • [01] Cyclists, brilliant weather on Mother's Day in Athens

    Thousands of Athenians took to the streets on a Sunday, although this time it wasn't to protest any government measures or to promote whatever political and labour union's agenda; Sunday witnessed bicyclists of all ages and backgrounds promoting cycling as a eco-friendly and healthy form of transportation in the congested and often traffic-snarled Greek capital. Brilliant spring weather and the occasion of Mother's Day provided a more than welcome respite from the more-or-less gloomy news over the past few days and weeks. ANA-MPA / K. MAVRONA.

    [02] V-E Day commemorated

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Russian consulate in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Sunday organised events marking the 65th anniversary (May 8) of the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

    A wreath-laying ceremony was held in the early afternoon at the Russian section of the city's Allied cemetery, better known as Zejtinlik, while a memorial service was later held for the Allied fallen at the Prophet Elijah cathedral in the Nea Santa township of Kilkis prefecture, north of Thessaloniki. (ANA-MPA)

    Finally, the opening of a special photo exhibition was held at the Russian Centre of Thessaloniki, dedicated to the 65th anniversary of end of the Great Patriotic War, as WWII is known in Russia. (ANA-MPA).

    Caption: Thessaloniki's landmark White Tower. ANA-MPA.

    [03] Polls on austerity plan, bailout

    (ANA-MPA) -- A bevy of opinion poll results gauging public sentiment vis-?-vis the latest austerity measures by Greece to meet conditions for a 110-billion-euro bailout package were published by Athens' Sunday editions.

    One opinion poll, published by the "Vima" newspaper, shows that slightly more than half of respondents in a nationwide poll consider the latest batch of austerity measures accepting the package of measures, 55.2 percent. Conversely, 44.6 percent of respondents rejected the government-sponsored pay cuts, higher taxes and labour market changes. (ANA-MPA)

    Moreover, 74.8 percent of respondents said Greece must remain in the eurozone, while 71.3 percent believe political parties must now operate within a framework of consensus, whereas 22.2 percent underlined that parties must actively oppose the measures.

    The opinion poll was conducted on Thursday and Friday, the days Parliament debated and voted on the bill slashing state spending, by the firm Kapa Research.(ANA-MPA)

    In another poll, this one published by the weekly "Realnews", a whopping 98.6 percent believe the political system is responsible for the current crisis. Interestingly, 82.7 percent of respondents also consider that labour unions' leaderships are responsible for the crisis, with the business world following at 76 percent.

    A slight majority of respondents in the poll, 52.2 percent, believe that a different handling of the crisis would have averted recourse to the eurozone-IMF support mechanism. Along those lines, 59.1 percent of respondents believe sacrifices to secure the bailout packages will not bear results.

    The poll was conducted by the firm MRB.

    Finally, yet another poll published in the weekly "Proto Thema" shows majority support for the bailout scheme, 54.2 percent. In regards to the violence that marred the large demonstrations in Athens last week, 74 percent of respondents agreed with the position of restricting strikes "within reasonable levels".

    Some 56.5 percent of respondents believe the two leftist parties in Parliament, KKE and SYRIZA, have contributed to social tensions with their stance.

    The poll was conducted by the firm ALCO. (ANA-MPA)


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