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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ANA-MPA participating in 24-hour strike on Thur.
  • [02] IMF: Greece on the right track, more effort necessary
  • [03] Event on Nazi occupation held at Goethe institute
  • [04] Earth tremor off Cephallonia
  • [05] Demarche over maritime incident 

  • [01] ANA-MPA participating in 24-hour strike on Thur.

    The ANA-MPA will be participating in a 24-hour strike called by journalists unions from 6 a.m. on Thursday (March 18) until 6 a.m. on Friday (March 19). ANA-MPA services will be off-line during the 24-hour period.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] IMF: Greece on the right track, more effort necessary

    WASHINGTON (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek economy is moving generally as predicted with the countrys Gross Domestic Product shrinking by 4.5 pct in 2010, inflation and labour cost falling, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. It its report on the Greek economy, on which the board approved the release of a fourth tranche of a support loan to Greece, worth 4.1 billion euros.

    The report said that the Greek economy managed to cut the fiscal deficit by 5.75 pct to 9.5 pct of GDP, while the banking sector continued to suffer from capital outflows and new credits were limited. However, the banking systems stability was maintained through liquidity offered by the European Central Bank. The report stressed that delays have been recorded in the restructuring of the banking sector, although reforms were under progress in other sectors. The IMF said Greece has made further progress in achieving its medium-term targets set for the restructuring of the economy, but noted that major changes and reforms were still needed to ensuring fiscal viability and economic growth.

    The report underlined that the Greek government has pledged to present a medium-term strategy plan by May -when the IMFs delegation will visit Greece again.

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    [03] Event on Nazi occupation held at Goethe institute

    (ANA-MPA) -- Memories of the brutal Nazi occupation (1941-1944) and the mass extermination of Greek Jews were recounted during an event on Tuesday evening at the Goethe institute in Thessaloniki, entitled "Northern Greece, Epirus and Thessaly in the Era of National Socialism", which was jointly organised by the German consulate in Thessaloniki, the city's Jewish community and the Pan-Hellenic organisation of 1941-44 resistance fighters.

    The event was organised on the 68th anniversary of the violent displacement of the Jews of Thessaloniki to Nazi concentration camps -- March 15, 1943. The event was also attended by Holocaust survivors.

    Former German ambassador to Greece Wolfgang Schultheiss referred to a landmark 2004 book written by a committee of historians -- two Germans, an American and an Israeli -- upon the initiative of then German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, who cited what he called the "myth" of Germany's foreign ministry in the post-war period, namely, that German diplomats had no complicity in war crimes or were active Nazi members. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Earth tremor off Cephallonia

    (ANA-MPA) -- An earthquake measuring 4.3 points on the Richter scale was recorded at 18:07 on Wednesday in the sea region between the islands of Cephallonia and Lefkada in the Ionian Sea.

    The tremor's epicentre was located 280 kilometres west-northwest of Athens.

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    [05] Demarche over maritime incident

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek embassy in Ankara has lodged a demarche with the Turkish government after a Turkish corvette harassed an Italian vessel that had undertaken to draw up a route to be followed by an underwater fiber optics cable, linking Italy with Israel.

    The Italian vessel had requested and received from Greek authorities a relevant license, as provided by the International Law, and was sailing near the island of Kastellorizo, foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said on Wednesday, in response to a press question and following an article in the Athens daily "Avgi".

    He underlined that the "Greek positions have been made clear to the Turkish side, consolidating our country's sovereign rights".

    Referring to the EU-Turkey migrant re-admission agreement, Delavekouras reminded "negotiations have ended".

    "Those who enter Greece illegally -- the country being the first entry point in the EU -- will be returned to Turkey", he said, adding that bilateral agreements will be in effect during the transition period. He reminded that Greece has reached a bilateral agreement with Turkey (2001), which is placed within the European framework. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo.

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