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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-01

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  • [01] Samaras tours Crete
  • [02] 'Indignants' block parliament
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras tours Crete

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras was on a tour of Crete on Tuesday, during which he met with representatives of the tourism, health and commerce sectors, while in the afternoon he will attend a meeting at the local Technical Chamber.

    Samaras also visited the tombs of Eleftherios and Sophocles Venizelos, where he laid a wreath.

    "I believe that, in these difficult hours we are facing today, from here in Crete, the land of the great and heroic struggles, we must send a message of honor that, even under the present difficult conditions, and provided there is a plan, faith and persistence, we, too, will succeed," Samaras said.ana-mpa

    Regarding the late statesman and several times prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos, the ND leader said that "he taught the entire world the art of negotiation".

    "We are here today in a show of respect and gratitude to one of the greatest Greek leaders, Eleftherios Venizelos, who succeeded in combing the great vision with pure realism in the art of diplomacy, and who succeeded, under very adverse conditions, to teach the art of negotiation to the entire world".

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    [02] 'Indignants' block parliament

    ANA_MPA/A strong police contingent was mobilised late Tuesday night to enable Greek MPs and parliament employees to leave the parliament building, which was blocked off by protestors of the Indignants movement in downtown Athens in their seventh day of peaceful protests.ana-mpa

    The entrance to the parliament building was blocked for several hours by protestors who are converging in central Syntagma Square in growing numbers to demonstrate against harsh austerity measures.

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    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.28 percent, standing at 1,313.16 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 43.59 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 2.04 percent; Financial Services, up 1.92 percent and Public Utilities, up 1.80 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Food and Beverages, down 2.96 percent and Travel and Recreation, down 0.85 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.13 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.38 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.57 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 39 were up, 25 were down, and 12 were unchanged.

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The government's negotiations with the Troika (EC, ECB, IMF) and the changes in labour relations, the tax measures and privatisations as well as a new support package, mostly dominated the headlines in Wednesday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "EU discusses 65 billion euros loan to Greece!"

    AVGHI: "Firesale for 30 pieces of silver".

    AVRIANI: "Russian 'swoop' on Piraeus Bank".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government cuts 'Indignants Generation' salaries".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "The package closes with harsh taxes".

    ESTIA: "The government is inert".

    ETHNOS: "Siege and extremities at entrance to parliament".

    IMERISSIA: "First signs of hope - New loan after the agreement with the troika".

    KATHIMERINI: "Towards overall agreement with Troika".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "German 'yes' to support changes the markets' climate".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Primary Healthcare sacrificed on the altar of profit".

    TA NEA: "Rescue waltz".

    VRADYNI: "They (Troika and government) cut 20 percent of the salaries and abolished the benefits".

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