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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-13

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  • [01] Troika meets Parliamentary Economic Committee
  • [02] Greek fugitive judge arrested in London denies identity
  • [03] Deutsche Telekom on OTE
  • [04] Free admission to museums
  • [05] Opinion poll
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Troika meets Parliamentary Economic Committee

    ANA-MPA/The presidium of Parliament's Standing Economic Committee and the representatives of parties - ruling PASOK, main opposition New Democracy (ND) and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) - observed a largely unified stance towards the troika (International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Union) representatives in an incamera meeting they had in Parliament on Thursday afternoon, at the latter's initiative and in which the parties of the left refused to participate.ana-mpa

    According to reports, the Greek deputies raised with the troika's representatives the problematic aspect of the existing Memorandum's performance, stressing the need for its amendment, since "the recession is leading to a decrease in revenues and as a result of the burdening of society there is the danger of social explosions."

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    [02] Greek fugitive judge arrested in London denies identity

    A woman wanted by Greece who was arrested in Brighton on Thursday on an Interpol warrant denied during an extradition hearing later in the day that she was Antonia Ilia, a fugitive former judge, claiming she was a French citizen and teacher of French at a local college, but British police found the Greek fugitive's ID card and identified her fingerprints with those of Ilia.

    ANA-MPA/Ilia is wanted on five European warrants after the cashiered ex-judge fled Greece several years ago in the wake of a judicial corruption scandal, when she was accused of participating in a trial-fixing network. Greek police reportedly provided a tip-off, leading to the fugitive's arrest. Ilia stands accused of participating in a trial-fixing network masterminded by a high-ranking priest. She was first suspended from her judicial seat for not filing statements of means and income between 2001 and 2003.ana-mpa

    The woman's claim caused a furor during a local court hearing on the Greek extradition request. When asked to confirm her identity in court, the woman said her name was Antonia Jemen, born in the French town of Amiens in March 1963, and that her parents were Constantin and Claire Jemen.

    The prosecution, however, presented evidence in court found in the woman's Brighton apartment that included a Greek ID card, Greek passport and Greek driver's licence in the name of Antonia Ilia.

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    [03] Deutsche Telekom on OTE

    ANA-MPA/Deutsche Telekom will observe the agreement that it has signed with the Greek government on the buyoff of an additional percentage of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation OTE in the region of 10 percent if Athens decides this.

    This was stated by the General Director of Monetary issues of Deutsche Telekon Timotheous Hottgens, speaking during the company's General Assembly in the peresence of over 5,000 shareholders in Cologne.ana-mpa

    Replying to questions by shareholders, he reiterated that when the buyoff of 30 perfent of OTE shares took place, things were different and reiterated that the investment was a very good opportunity for Deutsche Telekom to strengthen its presence in the countries of Southeastern Europe. He also expressed optimism that as soon as the economic crisis in Greece is overcome there shall be dynamic growth. In parallel, he clarified that Deusche Telekom's aim is to strengthen its presence in the markets in which it is already active and not to proceed with new purchases.

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    [04] Free admission to museums

    ANA-MPA/Admission to all Greek museums and archaeological sites will be free of charge on May 18, the anniversary of International Museum Day. The day will also be celebrated through numerous events and activities, such as exhibitions, seminars, lectures, tours, educational programmes in 46 museums and sites in Greece.

    International Museum Day was established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977. This year's theme is "Museum and Memory" and highlights the role of museums in preserving mankind's collective and cultural memories.ana-mpa

    The central event celebrating the anniversary in Greece this year will be held at the Museum of Asia Minor Hellenism 'Filio Haidemenou' that is devoted to relics of the Greek refugees that came from Asia Minor during the exchange of populations in the early 1920s.

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    [05] Opinion poll

    ANA-MPA/Ruling PASOK maintains a 3 percent lead over main opposition New Democracy, according to an opinion poll carried out on behalf of "Skai" and "Kathimerini" .

    The electoral influence of parties, according to the monthly Political Barometer of the Public Issue company, is the following: PASOK 32 percent, ND 29, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 12, Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) 8, Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) 6.5, Democratic Left 3.5, Ecologists-Greens 3.5, Democratic Alliance 1.5 and Golden Dawn 1.5, while the out-of-Parliament left garners 1 percent and the new Panhellenic Citizens Chariot party 0.5.ana-mpa

    As to the question of "suitability" for prime minister, 41 percent say "no one", Prime Minister and PASOK leader George Papandreou 33 and ND leader Antonis Samaras 22. Moreover, 69 percent of respondents do not want early elections.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Main opposition New Democracy's (ND) program for the country's exit from the crisis which was unveiled on Thursday by ND leader Antonis Samaras, the clashes during demonstrations over the past 48 hours and incidents of violence and crime in the centre of Athens, dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Program of hope...".

    AVRIANI: "Samaras' bold proposals for restarting the economy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Realistic response to Memorandum's failure - Samaras' plan to exit from the crisis".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Ferocity - 48 hours of uncontrolled violence in Athens".

    ETHNOS: "Wild West - Shock and violence in downtown Athens".

    ESTIA: "Samaras' positive proposals".

    AVGHI: "Out of control".

    IMERISSIA: "Haircut in public sector - Troika demands fewer civil servants".

    KATHIMERINI: "Incidents of dangerous violence".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Privatisation now, in order to receive the new support package".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Thousands of strikers with PAME (labour union affiliated to Communist Party of Greece) swarmed the country's streets".

    TA NEA: "And yet they consent! - Government 'adopts' four of ND's proposals".

    VRADYNI: "Productive 'shock' for the economy"

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