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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-24

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Droutsas: 'Crisis an opportunity'
  • [02] Seaborne chase of robbers
  • [03] Bank deposits drop in June
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Droutsas: 'Crisis an opportunity'

    VIENNA (ANA-MPA / D. Dimitrakoudis) - Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, addressing an international conference in Salzburg on Sunday, again cited the Greek government's position that the ongoing economic and fiscal crisis is a "real opportunity for the creation of new Greece".

    Droutsas said the country has passed the first stage of the immediate handling of the crisis, and has regained its reliability and prestige internationally, whereas the Greek government is now proceeding with "the next, very important, phase, of the reforming and reorientation of the Greek economy, with emphasis on the country's economic growth."

    Reminding that funds received by Greece are not a gift but loans that will pay off with interest, he reassured that this is an investment in Greece for the necessary reforms and changes in the country, and will not be used for a return to the negative practices of the past.

    [02] Seaborne chase of robbers

    ANA-MPA/A seaborne chase of two alleged bank robbers was underway Tuesday morning north of the Sporades chain of islands in the west-central Aegean, as coast guard vessels attempted to stop an inflatable craft carrying the suspects.

    The two armed gunmen had earlier robbed a National Bank branch on the island of Alonissos, before attempting to flee through the isle on a motor scooter before being knocked down. They subsequently hijacked the motorcycle of a passerby, shot at a coast guard officer and boarded the craft, speeding north towards the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos.

    [03] Bank deposits drop in June

    ANA-MPA/A hemorrhaging of deposits from Greek banks apparently continued in June, as the Bank of Greece (BoG) announced that deposits by businesses and individual depositors dropped during the month by 3.3 billion euros in relation to the previous month, May 2010.

    Total deposits in Greek banks stood at 216.5 billion euros in June, with the figure since the beginning of the year decreasing by 7 percent, or roughly 16.3 billion euros.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens ' dailies at a glance

    A more-or-less positive review on the Greek economy by an international ratings service, main opposition New Democracy (ND) criticism of the government's policy, speculation over a government's reshuffle and Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou's statements that the coming school year will be precarious due to a substantial shortage of staff mostly dominated the headlines in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "ND: Inefficient government responsible for gloomy course of economy'.

    APOGEVMATINI: "We're spending our reserves while government reshuffles".

    AVGHI: "Anna Diamantopoulou: "Worse school year in last 25 years".

    AVRIANI: "Troika changes government's structure".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Liars! You promised one thing, did another in the economy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government incapable of covering vacancies in school staff, yet declares ready to deal with sit-ins".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New map in local administration".

    ESTIA: "Greek phenomenon unique: Common sense absent".

    ETHNOS: "Five changes in premier's office and government".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government gives second thought for new taxes - Final decisions in September".

    LOGOS: "Government spokesman reassures: No hike in VAT rate in 2010".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Rapid and 'open' procedures in banks".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party initiative to visit Middle East countries' embassies significant".

    TA NEA: "Prime Minister George Papandreou plans new start".

    TO VIMA: "Shocking - confession of vacancies in schools".

    VRADYNI: "Sacrifices wasted - Curtailment in state investments deepens crisis"


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