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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Reports: PM willing to step down for consensus
  • [02] Sources: PM, ND leader discuss all-party gov't
  • [03] Crackdown on illegal migrant-fuelled currency export; 'black markets'
  • [04] Clashes as bulk of protestors appeal for calm
  • [05] Tourist arrivals up 4.52% in Jan-May
  • [06] Changes to tax measures

  • [01] Reports: PM willing to step down for consensus

    (ANA-MPA) -- Government sources on Wednesday confirmed speculation leaked earlier in the day from within the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party, namely, that Prime Minister George Papandreou was prepared to step down if this would allow a "cooperation" or "all-party government" to be formed.

    The same sources said the prime minister had indicated in talks with the political party leaders on Wednesday that he was open to all proposals for getting the country of the crisis, especially with main opposition ND leader Antonis Samaras.

    In a 20-minute telephone call with Samaras, Papandreou apparently clarified that he would only be prepared to consider such an all-party government, even if he were not its leader, in the event that all the political parties were able to agree on a set of specific political goals, on time commitments for the negotiations and the changes that the country needs to make.

    During talks with Samaras, Papandreou indicated that the country was going through critical moments with decisions of historic importance had to be made, requiring proposals of historic responsibility for the present and future of the country. (ANA-MPA)

    The prime minister also made it clear that if such an agreement was not possible, he was determined to stay and finish the job, as the elected prime minister of the country.

    According to reports, in talks with his top aides, Papandreou relayed that he had "made his choices, taken his decisions" and was prepared to proceed either one way or another in the effort to take the country into a new era, during which Greeks would never have to go through the same things as today ever again.

    The same sources claimed that during his conversation with Papandreou, ND's president had been evasive, undecided and had avoided a substantive discussion. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Sources: PM, ND leader discuss all-party gov't

    (ANA-MPA) -- Prime Minister George Papandreou held talks with main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras by telephone on Wednesday afternoon, after a round of telephone contacts with the leaders of the other Parliament-represented political parties.

    While an earlier official announcement by ND had declined to disclose the content of their talks before Papandreou had expressed his position, unnamed sources within the party said the Greek prime minister had described the situation as extremely difficult and that he was prepared to consider either an all-party government or a broad alliance government.

    The same sources (ANA-MPA) said Samaras did not reject the proposal but made it clear that this could not work with Papandreou as prime minister. To this, always according to the same ND sources, Papandreou apparently replied that he was not concerned about whether he was prime minister.

    Other sources within the party announced that there would be a second telephone communication between the two men later on Wednesday afternoon.

    Samaras has apparently made it a condition that a substantial renegotiation of the terms of the Memorandum for the loans to Greece be initiated, in order to agree to an all-party government. (ANA-MPA)

    The ND leader, who has been in continuous contact with his closest aides since the morning, is expected to head to his party's headquarters in a short while. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

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    [03] Crackdown on illegal migrant-fuelled currency export; 'black markets'

    (ANA-MPA) -- Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) special secretary Yiannis Diotis on Wednesday stressed that the tax bureau is conducting crosschecks with promising results in the battle against the so-called "underground market".

    Diotis also noted that a special investigation will focus on the currency that is illegally exported from Greece on a daily basis by illegal migrants to their home countries.

    In a meeting with representatives of the Piraeus merchants' association, Diotis pledged that all necessary measures will be taken to clampdown on the "underground markets" and smuggling, including strict checks at the country's entry points. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Clashes as bulk of protestors appeal for calm

    (ANA-MPA) -- Up to 100 organised, hood-wearing agitators forced the bulk of peaceful protestors -- numbering in the tens of thousands -- and affiliated with the "Indignados" movement, to retreat the upper part of Syntagma Square in central Athens early Wednesday afternoon, as loose-knit organisers appealed for an end to the violence over loudspeakers.

    The trouble makers, who had earlier been confined to the lower part of the square and surrounding streets succeeded in moving the clashes to the centre of the square, attacking platoons of riot police with sticks, bits of broken marble and petrol bombs and provoking a response with tear gas and chemicals.

    Authorities have so far made two arrests and detained 18 people in connection with the incidents. Twelve of those detained, during earlier clashes, have already been released and another six are being questioned.

    The violence marred nearly two weeks of peaceful protests, mostly sit-down rallies, in central Athens by thousands of people of all ages.

    The masked youths, mostly self-styled anarchists and anti-state activists, have repeatedly in the past infiltrated protests and mobilisations, often with the intent of vandalising property and clashing with riot police.

    Caption: Youthful rioters throw objects at riot police guarding the Parliament building in central Athens on Wednesday. ANA-MPA / O. PANAGIOTOU

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    [05] Tourist arrivals up 4.52% in Jan-May

    (ANA-MPA) -- Tourist arrivals at Greek airports grew 4.52 pct in the January-May period this year, compared with the corresponding period in 2010, the Federation of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) announced on Wednesday.

    In a monthly report based on the figures of tourists arriving in the country by air, the federation said tourist arrivals totaled 2,405,030 in the five-month period, up from 2,300,959 last year.

    SETE said May was the best month so far this year, with tourist arrivals totaling ..., with all airport reporting improved figures with the exception of the airports of ... (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: An ANA-MPA file photo shows a scene from central Rhodes.

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    [06] Changes to tax measures

    (ANA-MPA) -- Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou on Wednesday unveiled changes to a package of tax proposals included in the Mid-term Fiscal Strategy Programme, schedule to be tabled to Parliament on Wednesday.

    Government sources said Papaconstantinou, presenting the programme to the ruling PASOK party's Parliamentary committee, said the government would leave a tax-exempt level of 12,000 euros annually, unchanged, while it will not impose any taxes on primary residences of up to 100 sq.m.

    He also said that the government will not (ANA-MPA) proceed with a plan to equalise a special consumption tax on diesel and heating oil, while an extra tax charge on incomes will be imposed on three categories: 1 percent for annual incomes up to 20,000 euros, 2 percent for incomes up to 50,000, 3 percent for incomes up to 100,000 euros and 4 percent for incomes surpassing 100,000 euros.

    The same sources said that the finance ministry was under severe criticism from PASOK deputies for his proposals. (ANA-MPA)

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