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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-15

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  • [01] Greece poised for new election; talks fail
  • [02] Thessaloniki Jewish community slams ultra-nationalist's views on Holocaust

  • [01] Greece poised for new election; talks fail

    AMNA / Greece is poised for new elections, after Greek President Karolos Papoulias' last-ditch efforts with the leaders of political parties elected to Parliament in the May 6 general elections failed on Tuesday to forge an agreement for a coalition government. amna

    The meeting ended just before 4 p.m. (14.00 GMT) after nearly four hours of deliberations amongst New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos -- the top four of the seven parties elected to parliament in the May 6 polls -- and Democratic Left (7th place) party leader Fotis Kouvelis.

    Communist Party (KKE, 5th place) leader Aleka Papariga refused to attend, while the leader of the 7th party in Parliament, the ultra-natioalist Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) Nikos Mihaloliakos was not invited.

    [02] Thessaloniki Jewish community slams ultra-nationalist's views on Holocaust

    AMNA / The Jewish community of Thessaloniki on Tuesday characterised the views of an ultra-nationalist party leader's positions on the WWII Holocaust as being "ignorant of history…promoting fanaticism, intolerance and racism, (ones) laying the foundations for similar words and actions."

    In response to televised statements by ultra-nationalist Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) leader Nikos Mihaloliakos to a private TV news programme on Sunday evening, the Jewish community underlined that "comparing the Holocaust to the outcome of war operations and doubting the annihilation of six million Jews in Europe, among them 77,377 Greek Jews, including 50,000 Thessaloniki Jews, is an insult to the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps and to the memory of those brutally murdered in gas chambers and crematoriums, the existence of which is denied by Mihaloliakos." amna

    The Jewish community also called on society, headed by the representatives of the institutions of the Greek state, to isolate such voices and protect historical memory.

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