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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-30

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  • [01] Piraeus Bank reportedly withdraws bid for ATEbank
  • [02] FM at World Affairs Council in LA
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Piraeus Bank reportedly withdraws bid for ATEbank

    (ANA-MPA) -- Athens-based Piraeus Bank on Thursday has withdrawn its offer to purchase state-run ATEBank, the former Agriculture Bank of Greece, according to reports.

    Piraeus Bank expressed an interest in ATEBank a couple of months ago, although the former's leadership on Thursday took back the offer, without however, precluding a future bid or interest in other domestic banks. (ANA-MPA)

    (More details to follow)

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    [02] FM at World Affairs Council in LA

    New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) -- The government has proven its determination to face the crisis, and deep and extensive reforms have been made in a short period of time, Greece's foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas stressed on Wednesday, addressing the World Affairs Council international relations forum in Los Angeles (California).

    Droutsas briefly outlined the situation in the country today following the huge crisis that broke not only in Greece but all of Europe, while he also presented the most significant changes that have been made by the government in recent months, such as the new tax system, the changes in the pension system and efforts to stamp out tax evasion.

    He said the government's central policy is "restoration of confidence" in the state institutions and the just state, through decisions that will strike a blow against corruption and mismanagement.

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The truck owners' decision to continue their mobilisations and stricter penalties, including jail sentences, for truckers who do not comply with government requisition orders, and a draft law on the closing of outstanding tax obligations to be voted on Thursday in parliament mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Refusal to comply with requisition a felony".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Broad meeting at main opposition New Democracy headquarters ahead of local government elections".

    AVGHI: "Tax evasion flourishing - The closing of outstanding tax obligations draft law to be voted in parliament on Thursday under summary procedures".

    AVRIANI: "Government's clash with truck owners at the extremes".

    CHORA: "Disobedient truckers will be sent to jail".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Government targets the owners of small properties and gives amnesty to crooks".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "With the new amendment on the closing of outstanding tax obligations, the Finance Ministry exonerates the big-time tax evaders".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Labour Ministry mulling a draft law that will leave open windows for lower salaries than those foreseen in the collective labor agreements".

    ESTIA: "Society on self-destruction track - A vast madhouse".

    ETHNOS: "Government and prosecutors get tougher - Severe measures after truck owners' intransigence".

    IMERISSIA: "Enterprises shutting down due to shortages in market".

    KATHIMERINI: "4 billion euros 'saved' from cutbacks in salaries and pensions in public sector wasted due to state's inability to control expenditure".

    LOGOS: "Truck owners threatened with imprisonment - The amendment on truckers' requisition was ratified in parliament".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Government and Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) discuss corporate contracts".

    NIKI: "How much you will have to pay in taxes: Tables and examples".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Vote for the Popular Rally ticket (KKE-backed ticket in upcoming local government elections) to boost the popular pressure and counterattack".

    TA NEA: "Mad trucks!! - Clash without brakes".

    TO VIMA: "Head on collision without brakes - War between government and truck owners".

    VRADYNI: "Head on collision between government and truckers - Clash in parliament on the amendment".

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