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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-25

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Illegal migrants accused of chilling Athens murder remanded in custody
  • [02] ADEX closing report
  • [03] Greek economy to return to growth in 2012, OECD says
  • [04] Euro membership at stake
  • [05] Govt: No to referendum
  • [06] Stocks move moderately up 

  • [01] Illegal migrants accused of chilling Athens murder remanded in custody

    (ANA-MPA) -- Two Afghan illegal migrants charged with the murder of 44-year-old father of two Manolis Kantaris, who was stabbed to death outside his home in central Athens on May 10, were remanded in custody on Wednesday.

    The two suspects, aged 27 and 20 years old, denied culpability for the murder, in their testimony before the examining magistrate, claiming that a third suspect, a Pakistani man who is still at large, was the one that stabbed the victim and took his video camera.

    They have also denied knowing the Pakistani man's intentions in advance after he found and followed the "Greek that had a bag on his shoulder", as they characteristically claimed. They also claim to have been intoxicated at the time after drinking a large number of beers. The 20-year-old denied knowing the Pakistani man before that time and both claim that after the incident they went home to bed.

    The 27-year-old told police that he had been illegally resident in Greece for roughly a year, while the 20-year-old for approximately six months.

    Kantaris was stabbed and killed for his video camera by three men after exiting his building in the early hours of the morning in order to fetch his car, so that he could drive his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth to their second child.

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    [02] ADEX closing report

    The June contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.91 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover remaining a low 27.044 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 7,565 contracts worth 21.642 million euros, with 38,035 short positions in the market.

    Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 13,741 contracts worth 5.402 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Banks contracts (4,886), followed by Eurobank (994), MIG (1,174), PPC (579), OPAP (694), Piraeus Bank (2,240), Alpha Bank (582), Marfin Popular Bank (402), Hellenic Postbank (331) and ATEbank (572).

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    [03] Greek economy to return to growth in 2012, OECD says

    (ANA-MPA) --

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    [04] Euro membership at stake

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- Greece was jeopardising its continued membership in the eurozone unless the country agreed with the tough measures demanded by its EU-IMF creditors, Greek European Commissioner Maria Damanaki, responsible for maritime affairs and fisheries, warned on Wednesday.

    "The greatest achievement of post-war Greece, the euro and the country's European course are at risk," Damanaki said, adding that the scenario for removing Greece from the euro area and the ways of bringing this about "are now on the table".

    "I am obliged to speak openly. We have a historic responsibility to clearly see the dilemma: either we agree with our lenders to a programme of tough sacrifices with results, taking responsibility for our past, or we return to the drachma," she stressed.

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    [05] Govt: No to referendum

    (-PA) -- Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Wednesday stressed that there is no decision or thought to hold a referendum on a specific issue, adding that it is not a simple procedure.

    "The prime minister has said that referendums could be considered where broad-based consensus and agreements are necessary," clarifying that neither the new measures nor last year's memorandum are issues that call for a referendum.

    He characterised the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) president referendum proposal as interesting pointing out, however, that the government has a specific position on the issue.

    He underlined that Greece has no referendum background, adding that there is no question of snap elections.

    Petalotis also expressed the government's discontent stemming from the ongoing talk about new austerity measures.

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    [06] Stocks move moderately up

    Stocks ended moderately higher at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, reflecting improved buying interest for bank shares. The composite index rose 0.62 pct to end at 1,289.63points, with turnover at 87.645 million euros. The Big Cap index rose 1.10 pct, the Mid Cap index fell 0.15 pct and the Small Cap index rose 0.16 pct.

    Ellaktor (9.13 pct), Alpha Bank (5.81 pct), Viohalco (3.33 pct) and Marfin Popular Bank (3.17 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (4.08 pct), PPC (2.63 pct) and OTE (1.33 pct) were top losers.

    The Banks (2.03 pct) and Construction (1.46 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Utilities (2.28 pct) and Telecommunications (1.33 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 75 to 59 with another 51 issues unchanged. Vovos (13.86 pct), Geniki Bank (13.45 pct) and Imperio (11.76 pct) were top gainers, while Fieratex (17.65 pct), Ridenco (16.67 pct) and Alsinco (11.54 pct) were top losers.

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