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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-18

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM chairs meeting on former Athens airport
  • [02] Samaras: Gov't in recessionary spiral
  • [03] Three bodies, possibly belong to would-be migrants, found in Evros
  • [04] Trade deficit down in Jan. 

  • [01] PM chairs meeting on former Athens airport

    (ANA-MPA) -- Announcements on what the government intends to do with the site of the former Athens airport at the Helliniko site can be expected even within the month, according to a minister attending a government meeting on the issue held on Friday.

    The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou and included Minister of State Haris Pamboukis, Environment Minister Tina Birbili, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, Alternate Environment Minister Nikos Sifounakis, Athens Mayor George Kaminis and Spanish architect Josep Acebillo.

    The site was originally destined to become a massive public park but various plans announced over the years that have envisaged partial development in order to raise funds for the rest of the project have failed to materialise. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Samaras: Gov't in recessionary spiral

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Friday again attacked Prime Minister George Papandreou over his government's economic policy, saying that it was leading to a deeper recession and more business closures rather than a smaller deficit.

    Samaras pointed out that, while the original Memorandum signed by the present government envisaged "savage cuts" in state spending amounting to 20 billion euros for 2011-2014, a current report by the International Monetary Fund called for double that amount in spending cuts, even though the IMF had already admitted that the recession was slowing the reduction of the deficit.

    The government was trapped in a spiral of spending cuts and measures, which only led to deeper recession and more measures, he stressed. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Three bodies, possibly belong to would-be migrants, found in Evros

    (ANA-MPA) -- Three unidentified bodies, believed to have been would-be illegal migrants, were found by an army patrol in the Evros River on Friday.

    The bodies are those of three men between the ages of 25 and 30 years old. They show no marks of a struggle or other violence, and are believed to have drowned in an attempt to swim across the river -- which separates EU member-state Greece with Turkey.

    Two of the bodies were naked and in an advanced state of decay while the third was significantly disfigured by fish bites. The three bodies were taken out of the water by the fire brigade and transported to a local hospital in Alexandroupolis for an autopsy.

    In a related incident, police arrested a suspected migrant trafficker transporting five illegal migrants in his car in the region of Iasmos, Rhodopi prefecture. The suspect was arrested following police pursuit as he refused to obey a signal to pull over on the Egnatia motorway. The car was later found to be stolen and the six occupants have been arrested and will be led before a public prosecutor in Alexandroupolis. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Trade deficit down in Jan.

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA / V. Demiris) -- Greeces trade deficit was 22.4 billion euros in January, down 11.5 billion euros compared with the same month last year, Eurostat said on Friday. The EU executives statistics agency, in a report published here, said Greek exports totaled 15.8 billion euros in the first month of 2011, while imports totaled 38.3 billion euros. Greek exports grew 8.0 pct while imports were 21 pct down.

    Eurostat said Germany recorded the biggest trade surplus (152.4 billion euros), followed by Ireland (43.4 billion euros). The UK recorded the highest trade deficit (115.5 billion euros), followed by France (64.1 billion), Spain (51.8 billion) and Italy (27.3 billion).

    Eurozone recorded a trade deficit of 14.8 billion euros in its transactions with the rest of the world, while the EU-27 recorded a trade deficit of 29.8 billion euros. (ANA-MPA)

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