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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-14

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  • [01] Opinion poll puts SYRIZA in first place
  • [02] President to resume deliberations for coalition government at 19:30
  • [03] Kammenos cites 7 proposals for support of 'ecumenical gov't'
  • [04] The Monday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [05] 60 illegal migrants, two migrant-smugglers arrested
  • [06] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Plunge

  • [01] Opinion poll puts SYRIZA in first place

    AMNA--The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which posted second in last Sunday's general elections behind New Democracy (ND), has taken the lead according to a Kapa Research opinion poll appearing in the weekend edition of To Vima newspaper.

    To a question of which party they would vote for if repeat elections are held, 20.5 percent of the respondents selected SYRIZA against 18.1 percent for ND and 12.2 percent for PASOK, which placed third in the general elections, followed by the Independent Greeks (4th in the elections) with 8.4 percent, the Communist Party of Greece (5th) with 6.5 percent, the ultra-right Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn, 6th) and the Democratic Left (DIMAR, 7th) party.amna

    Of the parties that did not get elected to parliament in the May 6 elections, 2.5 percent of the respondents chose the Ecologists-Greens, followed by Democratic Alliance with 2.5 percent as well, Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) with 2.4 percent, Dimiourgia Xana (Creativity Again) with 2.2 percent, and Drassi (Action) with 1.3 percent, while the undetermined/undecided vote was at 10.9 percent.amna

    A sweeping 72 percent said that the parties must make mutual concessions and cooperate (to form a coalition government), while 22.9 percent want new elections in order for a self-sufficient government to be elected.

    [02] President to resume deliberations for coalition government at 19:30

    AMNA--President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias will resume his deliberations with the political party leaders in a last-ditch effort to forge a coalition government at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, but sources from the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which placed second in the May 6 general elections, said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras will not attend the meeting.

    Papoulias has called a meeting among SYRIZA, New Democracy (ND, which placed first in the inconclusive elections) leader Antonis Samaras, PASOK (third place) leader Evangelos Venizelos, and Democratic Left (DIMAR, 7th place) leader Fotis Kouvelis.amna

    After the deliberation is completed, the minutes from the two days of meetings, which began on Sunday, will be uploaded on the Hellenic Presidency of the Republic webpage.amna

    SYRIZA sources said that Tsipras will not attend the meeting «as an expression of strong annoyance" since there is no convergence of positions for the formation of a government.

    [03] Kammenos cites 7 proposals for support of 'ecumenical gov't'

    AMNA--The leader of the newly formed Independent Greeks party, Panos Kammenos, on Sunday reiterated the need for the country to have a functioning government, following his meeting with the Greek president, who receives other political leaders the same day.

    Kammenos, a former New Democracy deputy who left the party to form his own, picking up 10.60 percent of the vote in the May 6 election, also cited seven proposals for the participation of the party in any "special purpose ecumenical government," as he said.amna

    Those proposals includes an immediate declaration by the Greek state of an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a denunciation of the bailout terms (Memorandums), a re-examination of the loans acquired by the country since 1974, a unanimous commitment by the parties for a change in the law on ministers' liability, and, demanding war reparations for Greece's occupation in WWII by Axis forces.amna

    He also demanded a briefing on the "real situation" vis-a-vis the economy, as he said, along with other issues.

    [04] The Monday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The possibility of new elections after President of Republic Karolos Papoulias' fruitless meeting with the political leaders on the formation of a coalition government as well as the pressures from Europe, mostly dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "16 percent (SYRIZA) holds the Greeks' future in its hands!".

    AVRIANI: The parties of the memorandum and the foreign loansharks terrified of the people's verdict".

    DIMOKRATIA: "What took place in the political leaders' meeting a drama".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Greeks' feat (refers to Olympiacos victory in Euroleague Basketball final) against the political decadence".

    ESTIA: "The drachma nightmare".

    ETHNOS: "SYRIZA in elections of high risk".

    IMERISSIA: "Country up in the air".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Governmental impasse and European threats".

    TA NEA: "At the edge of the cliff! - Full speed ahead towards new elections".

    [05] 60 illegal migrants, two migrant-smugglers arrested

    AMNA--Two Russian nationals were arrested and 60 illegal migrants from Asian countries were detained at dawn Sunday by the Corfu coastguard after being spotted on a sailboat near Paxoi islets.amna

    The sailboat, captained by the two Russians and headed to Italy to drop off the illegal immigrants, was spotted at 4:00 a.m. by a Frontex airplane patrolling the northwestern Aegean, which immediately alerted the coastguard on Corfu island.

    [06] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Plunge

    AMNA--Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 3.03 percent, standing at 593.42 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 3.777 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 4.33 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 1.40 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.01 percent.amna

    All Individual sector indices were moving downward, with the heaviest losses in Banks, down 6.63 percent; Travel and Recreation, down 5.98 percent and Financial Services down 5.77 percent.amna

    Of the stocks traded, 7 were up, 35 were down, and 5 were unchanged.

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