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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-18

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  • [01] SYRIZA will not compromise and will betray no one
  • [02] The Friday edition of Athens' newspapers
  • [03] Domestic banks not at risk
  • [04] Nafplio celebrates European Night of Museums
  • [05] Olympic Flame handed over for London 2012 Games
  • [06] Travel agents express concern over 'grexit'

  • [01] SYRIZA will not compromise and will betray no one

    AMNA--Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras on Thursday launched an address to his party's Parliamentary group and secretariat by attacking New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, who he said was "leading a rearguard action for the old political order".

    "SYRIZA has not rotted, will not compromise and will betray no one. We will never join a government to save the bailout, a government to save the establishment," he underlined to riotous applause.amna

    He said ND's leader also proved that this old political order was fully unreliable and untrustworthy, since Samaras had forgotten both his own vote in support of bailout agreements and policies and the letters that he had sent to both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the IMF Christine Lagarde in which he accepted the terms of the bailouts.amna

    Tsipras claimed that ND's leader and "other centres of propaganda" were distorting SYRIZA's positions and fear-mongering, while he predicted that the electorate would "finally bring down the systems of corruption and intertwined interests" through their vote on June 17, finishing off what they had started on May 6.

    [02] The Friday edition of Athens' newspapers

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The parties' campaigns for the new elections, the swearing-in of the caretaker government and the ongoing speculations of Greece's exit from the eurozone, mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Greece outside the Europe means a general collapse!...".

    AVGHI: "Danger-mongering falls to pieces".

    AVRIANI: "New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras head-on collision".

    DEALnews: "We are left outside the eurozone".

    DIMOKRATIA: "The first bitterness".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Derby with ND in the lead".

    ESTIA: "How an economy is dissolved".

    ETHNOS: "Political parties' percentages an elevator".

    IMERISSIA: "Return to drachma a hell".

    KATHIMERINI: "Collapse of state revenues due to lack of governance".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Burning issues in caretaker government's hands".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "With Centre-Right or with Centre-Left government the wheel will turn right".

    TA NEA: "Greece, France alliance (again)".

    VRADYNI: "ND: Euro or drachma the dilemma".

    [03] Domestic banks not at risk

    AMNA--The union of bank employees, OTOE, in a statement on Thursday assured that domestic banks' smooth operation and the security of bank accounts are not in danger, despite the difficult economic and social circumstances and the political insecurity that is being prolonged due to the imminent elections.amna

    The efforts made by various economic interests to exploit the banking system through the circulation of rumors that undermine the banks should be faced immediately and decisively by all political powers, which must be very careful when expressing their positions on the banking system in order to avoid unpleasant consequences, the OTOE statement underlined.

    [04] Nafplio celebrates European Night of Museums

    AMNA--Nafplio, the first capital of Greece after the end of the Ottoman rule, will participate in the celebrations of the European Night of Museums on Saturday 19 May.

    The municipality will open all the city's museums and art venues from 9:00 p.m. to midnight and invites everyone to have a glass of wine to the backdrop of live music and other events.amna

    The National Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the 'Stathmos' Children's Museum are among a large number of sites that will be open to public on Saturday night.

    [05] Olympic Flame handed over for London 2012 Games

    AMNA--The Olympic Flame, which was lit last week in Ancient Olympia, the home of the Ancient Olympics, was handed over to the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOGOC) on Thursday to begin the journey the British capital where the 2012 Olympic Games that open on July 27.

    The Olympic Flame was lit at noon last week at the foot of Kronios Hill in Ancient Olympia, venue of the ancient Olympic Games, and after a 3,000 kilometer torch relay across Greece, the Flame arrived on Thursday at Athens' ancient Panathenian Stadium (Kallimarmaro), venue of the first Modern Olympic Games, where it was formally turned over to the "London 2012" delegation, headed by Princess Anne, as the British capital is set to again host the Summer Olympics for the third time in its history.amna

    The Olympic Flame was turned over by Hellenic Olympic Committee (EOE) president Spyros Kapralos to Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and a former equestrian champion and Olympic contestant herself, during the Handover Ceremony attended by Greek President Karolos Papoulias and LOGOC chairman Lord Sebastian Coe, as well as London Mayor Boris Johnson, British Sports and Olympic Games Minister Hugh Robertson and football superstar and London 2012 ambassador David Beckham.amna

    The flame, which was kept overnight at the British embassy in Athens, will be flown on Friday aboard a specially chartered plane to the United Kingdom, arriving at RNAS Culdrose in the evening, for the second leg of the torch relay that sets out on Saturday morning from Land's end.amna

    During the 70-day second leg of the Olympic Torch, torchbearers will carry the Flame 8,000 miles through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK, bringing it within 10 miles of 95 percent of the population, before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on July 27.

    [06] Travel agents express concern over 'grexit'

    AMNA--The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) on Thursday addressed a letter to the political party leaders suggesting, amongst others, that Greece's partners and the international public opinion will have to be assured that "the country is democratic, European, stable and absolutely safe".

    HATTA underlined that since Monday, May 7, (the day after the elections) international media have been focusing on Greece describing a picture of chaos and disintegration.amna

    "Misinformation and talk about various dangers dominate," the statement underlined, stressing that "bookings are frozen by international tourist organisations, which pull their associates out of the country. Payments or deposits are not being made due to fear of possible cancellations and because of the rumored return of our country to the drachma."

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