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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND leader demands elections
  • [02] Gold Theatrical Architecture medal
  • [03] Barroso on competitiveness
  • [04] Opinion polls
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] ND leader demands elections

    -PA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing Parliament on Tuesday evening during the debate on the vote of confidence for the government, called for elections and cetegorically rejected the referendum being promoted by the government.

    Samaras clarified that "we shall not become participants in your deadlock, we shall vote against the Mid-term and we shall vote for the clauses from the implementary law that we consider correct, while we shall continue to promote the renegotiation" of the memorandum.ana-mpa

    The ND leader further said his party has always supported the decrease of the country's deficit and debt.

    "We support also the main tools for achieving these targets. The structural changes, the utilisation of the state's property, privatisations and restricting the public spending. Not only we support these measures but we were the first, before you, to promote them," Samaras said.

    The main opposition leader reiterated his refusal to give consensus to a "mistake", adding that he was ready to give his consensus for the correction of the mistake.

    He added that there were still margins for renegotiating the meorandum so as to correct the mistake.

    Samaras concluded by saying "if you like referendums Mr. (Prime Minister George) Papandreou, then make the best referendum, that is elections."

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    [02] Gold Theatrical Architecture medal

    ANA-MPA/The Greek participation in the Scenography and Theatrical Architecture Exhibition held in Prague (Prague Quadrennial 2011) has won the Gold medal of Theatrical Architecture.ana-mpa

    Greece was represented at this year's event at the theatrical architecture sector with the presentation of two theatres: The New stage of the National Theatre, designed by Office 75 and the Machine Theatre, by the Flux Office that will be created at Votanikos.

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    [03] Barroso on competitiveness

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA - M. Spinthourakis) European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday announced that he intends to propose a European Union plan to help Greece boost competitiveness and create jobs, giving it access to developmental funds of roughly one billion euro. He said that the plan could be financed by EU structural funds but also any member-states that want to contribute.

    Barroso underlined that fiscal austerity programmes for reforming public finances had to run in parallel to action designed to boost the country's flailing economy.

    The European Commission president said aspects of such a programme had been discussed during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou the previous day and that he would raise the issue at the upcoming EU summit.

    Clarifying that the money to Greece would come with tighter supervision and technical assistance, he said the aim would be to "concentrate funds on where it matters most", frontloading some projects and allowing accelerated payouts of money available to Greece from structural funds. He also spoke about having better coordinated cohesion policies and ways to help Greece tap into the funds available. The Commission's goal would be to return Greece to growth in 2013, Barroso said.

    "If Greece takes action, we have plans in order to help it," he stressed, adding that it was "up to Greeks to say if they want to be saved". Referring to his meeting with Papandreou, he said the Greek prime minister had left him in no doubt about his determination to make the necessary changes. He also noted that the ability of Greek public administration to act had to be enhanced.

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    [04] Opinion polls

    Two new polls publicised on Tuesday show the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leading in vote preferences.

    The GPO poll for Mega Channel showed ND leading the ruling PASOK party by 0.9 percent, garnering 21 percent of preferences compared to 20.1 percent for PASOK. The poll by Real fm, presented by the Alter channel, showed ND leading PASOK by 1.7 percent, receiving 21.3 percent of the vote as against 19.6 percent for PASOK.

    Mega's poll shows the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) receiving 9.2 percent, the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) 6.5 pct, the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) 4 pct, the Ecologists-Greens 2.1 pct, the Democratic Alliance 2 pct and the Democratic Left 3 pct.

    The second poll shows the following percentages for the rest of the parties: KKE 7.6 percent, LAOS 5.1 pct, SYRIZA 3.1 pct, Democratic Alliance 2.4 pct, Democratic Left 2.3 pct and Ecologists-Greens 2.3 pct.

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The vote of confidence in the government, Mid-Term fiscal programme and its application law, changes in the taxation and measures affecting civil servants, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The 'green' (PASOK) rebels turned into lambs".

    AVGHI: "Coerced confidence".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Papandreou's 'Memorandum' with Venizelos' (Evangelos, second government vice president and Finance Minister) signature".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Unconditional surrender".

    ESTIA: "Self-destruction syndrome".

    ETHNOS: "Full speed ahead for fifth tranche and new Memorandum".

    IMERISSIA: "Taxation 'face-lift."

    KATHIMERINI: "One year in reserve labour and then lay off".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Mandate to government for crucial handling".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government, EU and monopolies to get on people's target".

    TA NEA: "Discount in extraordinary contribution, withdrawal of property tax".

    VRADYNI: "How to purchase 'fictitious' work years".

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