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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-19

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  • [01] PM calls for referendum on major changes
  • [02] KKE: Elections, not referendum
  • [03] 'Indignados' gathering
  • [04] Marin at Athens Festival
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM calls for referendum on major changes

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Sunday reiterated his call for national unity behind the government's latest batch of austerity measures and accelerated reforms, opening a three-day vote of confidence debate that winds up on midnight Tuesday with an open roll-call vote.

    Papandreou called on Parliament to give his newly reshuffled government a renewed vote of conference, noting that the country is at a critical crossroads and warning that an image of division among the Greek people was not helping the country.

    Warning that a disorderly bankruptcy would be catastrophic, Papandreou stressed that the country's lenders, the EU and the IMF, want to see Greece standing on its own two feet, adding that the problems would not be solved if the IMF was asked to leave, and warning also that the country's liquidity will be very soon exhausted without the disbursement of the fifth tranche of the EC-ECB-IMF bailout package.

    Papandreou asked for national consensus on several fundamental axes, and a referendum on major changes which, as he said, will be contained in an amended Constitution. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] KKE: Elections, not referendum

    (ANA-MPA)--Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga opposed a referendum, but said 'yes' to early elections, addressing a vote of confidence debate in parliament on Sunday.

    She clarified, however, that the KKE was taking this position under a different viewpoint from the other parties, with the aim of a "popular class movement and a weak government" arising.(ANA-MPA)

    Papariga disagreed with the prime minister's proposal for a referendum, warning that it was only "the other side of the harsh suppression o the people's struggles".(ANA-MPA)

    She warned that the "reshuffled government, the same PASOK, cannot fool those it has been fooling until now", and charged that the present government will go down in history as the government that "locked in the controlled bankruptcy" of the country, "the consecutive Memorandums", and the "emergency mammoth borrowing of 90-100 billion euros".(ANA-MPA)

    However, she stressed, the government will "present all those as a victory".(ANA-MPA

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    [03] 'Indignados' gathering

    ANA-MPA/Another "Indignados"-type gathering took place for the fourth consecutive Sunday in Athens' main Syntagma Square, the 26th day in the row that protesters have assembled in the square.ana-mpa

    The social media-fuelled sit-down protest covered most of the square by late afternoon in front of Greece's Parliament, while a handful of other main plazas across cities in Greece hosted the same type of event.

    The mobilisations in Greece coincided with similar rallies across European cities.

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    [04] Marin at Athens Festival

    -P/Noted French choreographer Maguy Marin will on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June present her work "May B" to the Greek public within the framework of the Athens Festival.

    Marin will also present from 27 to 29 June, for the first time to the Greek audience, her latest work Salves (2010)

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    Developments on the economic front and new finance minister Evangelos Venizelos' first actions to improve the climate inside and outside Greece dominated the front pages of Athens' newspapers on Sunday.

    AVGHI: "Moves of desperation".

    AVRIANI: "Venizelos ready for 'war'."

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Bilderberg Club carries out death contracts".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: " 'Beni' (Venizelos) trick, of 90-day duration, for early elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "The same recipe (harsh austerity), with a different chef (Venizelos)".

    ETHNOS: "The road opens for 'euro-Marshall plan' for Greece".

    KATHIMERINI: "Reshuffle: Papandreou's last trump card".

    LOGOS: "The international rating agencies insist on gambling on Greece's bankruptcy".

    NIKI: "The weak link".

    PARASKINIO: "Last change to topple the Memorandum".

    PROTO THEMA: "Venizelos: I will alter the 2nd Memorandum".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The popular alliance for reversal must become the protagonist of the developments".

    TO ARTHRO: "Venizelos casts his last die".

    TO VIMA: "The new 'czar' of the economy (Venizelos) promises fair...austerity".

    VRADYNI: "Elections here and now - The only solution after the fiasco of the government reshuffle".

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