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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-09

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

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  • [01] Tsipras-Venizelos meeting; latter's proposals for gov't
  • [02] Tourism prospects deteriorating, sector officials warn

  • [01] Tsipras-Venizelos meeting; latter's proposals for gov't

    AMNA / Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, who holds a mandate to form a new Greek government in the wake of Sunday's election, met on Wednesday with PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos. SYRIZA came in second and PASOK third in the election, as New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras failed to form a government and handed back the mandate on Monday.

    Speaking immediately after the meeting, Venizelos tabled two alternative proposals, as he said, for the formation of a unity government. amna

    The first is the creation of a national unity government with participation of "pro-European" forces, and the second concerns a government with the participation of SYRIZA, the Democratic Left and the Independent Greeks, which he said PASOK can support provided that such a government guarantees the country's membership in the eurozone and the improvement of the country's position vis-a-vis creditors via negotiations. www.amna.gr

    Finally, the PASOK leader rejected the possibility of an all-party government, saying that in the present phase it appears "we cannot reach a solution".

    Venizelos said he will receive the exploratory mandate from the President of the Republic on Thursday and will continue such efforts.amna

    [02] Tourism prospects deteriorating, sector officials warn

    AMNA / The domestic tourism sector is entering a crucial phase following Sunday's general elections results, with tourism officials warning over the prospects of the sector.

    Andreas Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, said that bookings from abroad fell 50 pct in the last two days. amna

    He said it was very difficult to reverse the prevailing negative image of the country in the markets of Germany, UK and France and noted that any further increase from the Russian market could not counterbalance losses from Greece's traditional tourism markets. www.amna.gr

    Alexandros Aggelopoulos, a member of the Association, underlined that the prevailing political situation in Greece was undermining the country's tourism product.

    Tourism officials expects this year's arrivals to fall by 7-10 pct, and revenues to drop by 10 pct.amna


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