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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-10-25

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  • [01] PM: Big battle to lift weight from Greek people
  • [02] Ancient Lappa, a city of extraordinary importance
  • [03] Tourism revenues 10% up in Jan-Aug

  • [01] PM: Big battle to lift weight from Greek people

    AMNA/Greek prime minister George Papandreou on Tuesday appealed for a sense of responsibility, calm and unity on the part of everyone, including the political parties, in light of the "very big and tough battle we are waging to lift the big weight that has fallen on the Greek people from the debt we inherited, and to lift their share of the burden and the responsibilities".

    In a brief statement before briefing President Karolos Papoulias on the recent EU and eurozone summits and a critical follow-up EU summit on Wednesday, Papandreou expressed hope that "we will reach decisions (Wednesday)", adding that "this is the determination of our partners, and ours as well", and noting that the discussion constantly returns to "the Greek, but also European, problem, to this crisis".amna

    "Tomorrow (Wednesday) we want to be able to put an end, to turn the page, so that we, as Europe and as a country, can move forward," Papandreou added.

    In statements to the press after the meeting, Papandreou said that finding a solution that is secure for the Greek citizens and lifting the immense burden his government inherited and which weighed on the backs of the Greek people is the dual national goal with which Greece would be heading to Wednesday's EU summit in Brussels.amna

    Papandreou called on everyone to contribute to attaining the national targets, both regarding the outcome of the negotiations and the materialisation of the decisions that will be taken, and made special mention of banks that will be streamlined and which must contribute to investments in the real economy.

    [02] Ancient Lappa, a city of extraordinary importance

    The island of Crete is full of stories of ancient cities, most of them written in archaeologists' and historians' books, as well as in folk lore passed on from generation to generation.

    One of the most popular is the story of the ancient city of Lappa, later known as Lappi or Lambi, situated 27km southwest of Rethymno. Ancient Lappa was one of the most powerful cities of the Mycenaean era and is said to have been founded by King Agamemnon himself. The city played a very important role not only in Crete's politics but also in the Mediterranean. It is a geographical region with lush greenery, and extremely important finds, particularly from the Late Geometric Period.

    During excavations, scientists unearthed the remains of the ancient city as well as a necropolis with limestone chamber tombs and graves carved in the rock. The necropolis as a whole is of immense archaeological importance and the monuments add to the knowledge of tomb architecture of the Roman era. The tombs date back to the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd century BC.

    [03] Tourism revenues 10% up in Jan-Aug

    AMNA/Tourism foreign exchange revenues were up 10 pct in the January-August period this year, compared with the corresponding period in 2010, totalling 7.718 billion euros, while tourist arrivals grew 9.9 pct over the same period, the Bank of Greece said in a report.amna

    The central bank’s report noted that the tourism sector was taking a leading role in the Greek economy, helped by a strong recovery in tourist arrivals in the country. A total of 10.33 million visitors arrived in Greek airports in the January-September period this year, up 9.67 pct compared with the same period in 2010, a very significant figure for air travel in the country. Tourism industry officials expect foreign visitors numbers to reach 16.5 million euros this year, with tourism revenues rising more than 12 pct for the year. Industry officials said that a 10 pct rise in tourism revenues equals a 1.0 pct increase in the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

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