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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Christmas carols to ND leader
  • [02] Snow levels marginal in ski resorts for Christmas
  • [03] Bailout repayment extension
  • [04] Carols to party leaders

  • [01] Christmas carols to ND leader

    ANA-MPA-Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras and his spouse Georgia were treated to traditional carols on Friday by the children's chorus of Greek Police (EL.AS). The ND leader later offered the carolers presents and chocolate Santas Clauses.ana-mpa

    Later, the Pan-Epirus Federation of Greece performed traditional songs and dances at the ND party headquarters.

    Samaras expressed his season's greetings ''hope for the country".

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    [02] Snow levels marginal in ski resorts for Christmas

    Weather conditions prevailing in Greece for the Christmas weekend mean a more-or-less snow-less interruption for ski lovers, as snow levels at ski resorts around the country is reported as marginal.

    On Friday, the only ski resorts with open pistes are on Parnassus, central Greece, Seli and Tria-Pente Pigadia in Naoussa, northern Greece, as well as on Mt. Voras (Kaimaktsalan) on the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM).

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    [03] Bailout repayment extension

    ANA-MPA/Greece's representative to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Panagiotis Roumeliotis, on Friday was quoted as saying that the Washington D.C.-based institution has essentially approved an extension of the repayment period for Greece's 110-billion-euro EU-ECB-IMF bailout package.

    In a published interview carried by the Athens daily "Kathimerini" on Friday, Roumeliotis cites an extension to 2020.ana-mpa

    "The three years of implementation of the programme, plus the two years for the loan repayment will become 4.5 years of a grace period followed by5.5 years for the repayment," he was quoted as saying.

    Asked about the high-profile memorandum government the bailout, signed by the Greek government with the EU-ECB-IMF 'troika', he underlined that Greece had no other option or alternative plan in the state it had reached, saying that any other possibility would have led to bankruptcy.

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    [04] Carols to party leaders

    -PA/Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Aleka Papariga was treated on Friday to Christmas carols sung by the Pan-Epirus Federation of Greece's chorus

    Afterwards, Papariga, in a statement, noted that "we should not appear fatalistic before poverty, unemployment and the spreading squalor; nor should we remain idle. We must fill with rage and knowledge, and begin our struggle".ana-mpa

    The same chorus also visited and performed carols for Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) president George Karatzaferis, who expressed a wish that the birth of Christ bring hope and optimism to an extremely burdened, from government's austerity measures, country.

    Members of the Federation of Pontian groups sang traditional carols to Radical Left Coalition SYRIZA parliamentary group president Alexis Tsipras.

    "Today is a day of hope and feast. It's a day where all of us must consider that thousands of our compatriots will celebrate Christmas under extremely adverse conditions."

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