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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-28

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

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  • [01] PM: Major reforms will proceed
  • [02] Actor Giorgos Foundas dies
  • [03] IMF official on Greece

  • [01] PM: Major reforms will proceed

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou reiterated, in a press interview published on Sunday, that major changes in the country are both pending and imperative, stressing that the current status quo cannot continue.

    "We are absolutely determined to proceed, and we can do this because society backs this effort," Papandreou said in answer to a question on whether his government is willing to clash with "vested interests" and the unions, especially over reforms in loss-making public sector utilities and enterprises.

    Moreover, he noted that the current year, in despite of the dire economic conditions at hand, witnessed an "unprecedented" social peace.ANA-MPA

    "I am not afraid, especially when right is on our side, to speak the language of truth to the citizens; to explain to them what the problem is; when we make them partners in the solutions ... we have serious problems as a country, long-standing ones; problems that were heightened during a ND (government), to such a degree that our very existence was threatened," he said.

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    [02] Actor Giorgos Foundas dies

    (ANA-MPA) -- Noted Greek actor Giorgos Foundas died on Sunday in Athens at the age of 85. Foundas, who was suffering of Alzheimer's in recent years, had been hospitalised in an Athens hospital.

    Foundas was born in 1924 in the village of Mavrolithari, in the Parnassida district of central Fokida prefecture, while he studied drama in Athens.

    His first cinematic role was in the 1944 film "Hirokrotimata".

    Foundas was widely acknowledged for his roles in the international hit "Alexis Zorbas" (1964), the milestone Greek-language movie "Stella" (1955) and Jules Dassin's "Never on Sunday" (1960), the latter two co-starring with Melina Mercouri.

    His funeral will be held on Tuesday in the First Athens Cemetery.

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    [03] IMF official on Greece

    -P/The International Monetary Fund (IMF) representative in the EU-ECB-IMF 'troika' overseeing the 110-billion-euro support mechanism for Greece and the chief negotiator vis-à-vis the Greek government, Poul Thomsen, was quoted here on Sunday as emphasising that "next year (2011) will be the most critical and painful, given that structural changes will have to take place."

    Thomsen, amongst others, said the situation in Greece's wider public sector cannot continue as is.ana-mpa

    "The time for radical structural reforms ... the public sector must be curtailed; there have to be radical reforms in the healthcare sector and in improvement of the tax collecting mechanism's operation," he was quoted as saying in an interview published by the weekly "Real News".

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