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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-04

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  • [01] U2 in Athens
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] U2 in Athens

    With a spectacular set that was a triumph of technology and had perhaps the best sound quality achieved by any gig in Athens, U2 won over OAKA's Olympic Stadium in Athens during their first-ever appearance in the Greek capital.

    "You are not defined by financial markets," Bono roared to an ecstatic audience that packed the stadium, arriving from all areas of Greece to fill the stadium in defiance of the country's grim economic reality.

    After opening acts Avin Geffen and Snow Patrol, U2 appeared on the stage playing the only unreleased song on the setlist, the instrumental opener "Return of the Stingray Guitar". They then proceeded to drive the crowd to delirium, with the audience roaring along to stock favourites like "I Still Havent' Found What I'm Looking For", "Get on Your Boots", "Vertigo", "Elevation", "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride".

    The encore reserved more treats that had fans jumping in their seats, including "One", "Where the Streets have no Name" and "With or Without You".

    This was only the second time that U2 have played in Greece, their first being 13 years ago in Thessaloniki. The next stop for the 360° Tour will be in Istanbul, Turkey where the band play on Monday.

    Caption: Bono on stage in Athens on Friday night during U2's 360° Tour. ANA-MPA - Katerina Mavrona

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    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens ' newspapers at a glance

    Preparations for local government elections, the economy, the course of state revenues and rumours of new revenue-raising measures dominated the headlines on Saturday in Athens ' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "A vote for PASOK means strangulation, closures, taxes, unemployment!... [main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras] launches stinging attack on government".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Our young people are leaving". [articles on tide of emigraiton among under-35s]

    AVGHI: "[Upcoming elections a] Cohesion test for parties in Attica".

    AVRIANI: "'[Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis] a crutch for PASOK'. Harsh attack from ND Parliamentary spokesman Costas Tzavaras on LAOS president "

    ELEFTHEROS: "Papandreou will drive us all insane. He is proud of his achievements as the troika's prime minister".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Semi-enclosed outdoor spaces. I won't pay, I won't pay...". [article claims that measures to persuade owners to declare illegally enclosed building features are a spectacular failure].

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Lump sum? Come back in five years. Mass of retirements has emptied public-sector pension funds".

    ESTIA: "Massive damage due to inertia. Unjustifiable delay in taking decisions".

    ETHNOS: "Six changes to the system for university student transfers".

    KATHIMERINI: "Progress of state revenues on a tightrope".

    LOGOS: "We have done the groundwork... now is the time for great changes". [article on PM's assessment of his government's work during its 11 months in power].

    NIKI: "Which receipts count twice for tax purposes. Additional incentives to stamp out tax evasion".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "To the governmental bandit attack, people's organisation-counterattack to cancel the policy against the people".

    TA NEA: "Dirty nets! The financial crimes squad in the soccer circuits. Well-known manager had not declared 26 million euros".

    VRADYNI: "The great fear. Ruling party cadres quake at the rage of citizens".

    VIMA: "One in three public-sector jobs to be abolished".

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