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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-29

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  • [01] DIMAR leader live on AMNA web TV on Tuesday afternoon
  • [02] Papariga bashes ND, PASOK, SYRIZA
  • [03] Venizelos: Country cannot tolerate third election
  • [04] Recapitalisation of 4 large Greek banks via EFSF
  • [05] Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance
  • [06] Authorities intercept 70 non-EU nationals attempted to reach Italy
  • [07] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Rise
  • [08] Loeb victory in Acropolis Rally

  • [01] DIMAR leader live on AMNA web TV on Tuesday afternoon

    AMNA--Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis will give an exclusive live interview on AMNA web TV at 17:00 on Tuesday afternoon.

    Questions to Kouvelis may be submitted via AMNA's twitter (twitter(@amna_news with hashtag #kouvelis_amna) and Facebook pages up until the commencement of the interview.

    Kouvelis will outline DIMAR's platform for the economy, the immigration problem and unemployment, as well as on the prospect of collaboration among political parties after the June 17 repeat general elections.

    The exclusive interview with Kouvelis will be broadcast live on AMNA's web page (

    [02] Papariga bashes ND, PASOK, SYRIZA

    AMNA--Not only must New Democracy (ND) and PASOK be defeated in the June 17 repeat elections, but also every policy, from wherever it emanates, that a "new wind is blowing in the EU and therefore we can change the Memorandum and the people will be relieved", Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga told a gathering of metalworkers in Drapetsona.

    She noted the contradiction of the fact that before the inconclusive May 6 elections a substantial part of the Greek people were against the Memorandum and "displeased with the EU in general" whereas today a large part of the people continued to be against the Memorandum but at the same time 75-80 percent desires Greece to remain in the EU.amna

    She charged that after the May elections, PASOK and ND made an anti-Memorandum about-fact but on condition of Greece's continued membership in the EU and the euro, while SYRIZA accepting the same term and "backed down", speaking of amendment of the Memorandum but at the same presenting itself as the chief component of an anti-Memorandum government.amna

    Only the KKE, Papariga said, insists that the people must fight for the reversal of the Memorandum and the loan agreement.

    [03] Venizelos: Country cannot tolerate third election

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    AMNA / Greece cannot be lead (led) to repeated elections because some political leaders were unable to understand that times were critical and were unable to agree on forming a government, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos stressed on Sunday, in reply to reporters' questions during a televised press conference.

    He also repeated that no high-ranking PASOK members will be ministers in any government formed after the elections.amna

    Venizelos stressed that any new government that will arise after the forthcoming June 17 election must enjoy a strong legitimacy.

    PASOK understood, prior to the May 6 election, that the prospect of a single-party government did not exist for any of the political parties and was now campaigning for the people's vote, he said, adding that a debate between the two top parties did lacked substance, in this context, and should include all political leaders.amna

    Commenting on the "non-paper" sent by former PM Lucas Papademos and published in the Sunday weekly "Vima", he pointed out that Greece must implement bailout terms for as long as the country generated a budget deficit and needed outside financial assistance, or otherwise it would "run into problems".

    [04] Recapitalisation of 4 large Greek banks via EFSF

    AMNA--The recapitalisation of the four largest Greek banks was completed on Monday with a total of 18 billion euros from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)

    With the recapitalisation downpayment, the four banks will acquire the necessary funds for their smooth operation, according to a finance ministry announcement.

    Specifically, National Bank received 7.43 billion euros; Alpha Bank 1.9 billion, Eurobank 3.97 billion and Piraeus Bank 4.7 billion euros.amna

    [05] Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The challenges ahead for the Greek economy and new opinion polls ahead of the June 17 repeat general elections were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Sunday.

    AVGHI: "(Coalition of Radical Left) SYRIZA-EKM pledge - Country will be restored. G. Stathakis: The plan for fiscal stabilisation".

    AVRIANI: "Why the media channels of the 'pimps' are mercilessly slamming Alexis [SYRIZA-EKM leader Alexis Tsipras]. War between Tsipras and corruption.

    DIMOKRATIA: "Laliotis behind Tsipras. 'Bad' PASOK's Machiavelli trying to create the new Andreas Papandreou".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Tough derby until the polls. Vote-to-vote duel with New Democracy in the lead".

    EPOCHI: "Panic in Brussels, hope in Europe. Elections in Greece and France highlight need for a radical policy".

    ETHNOS: "Vote to vote battle for the top spot - MARC Poll: ND-SYRIZA 'derby', PASOK rises".

    EXPRESS: "Danger... from the air for Greek tourism. Concern in tourism sector over airline pull-outs from Greece".

    KATHIMERINI: "The good and bad scenarios - Concern over depression in country's real economy".

    KERDOS: "Concern over deposits. Political uncertainty and dark scenarios. Money withdrawn at home and in German bonds".

    LOGOS: "Workers ...hung out to dry. What private-sector workers must look out for".

    NIKI: "Why everyone is daily casting fuel into the fire of 'drachmophobia'. The 'dirty game' with Greek deposits".

    PROTO THEMA: "[ND leader Antonis Samaras] in first place, Tsipras has the trend".

    REAL NEWS: "[IMF chief Christine Lagarde] opens window for renegotiation. IMF plan for changing bailout terms."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Sections of capital in Greece and EU setting up 'trap' scenario for the people".

    TO PARASKINIO: "Bombshell testimony concerning kickbacks. Former gen. secretary for military procurements 'crucifies' cross-party 'jesters' and an earthquake is coming".

    TO PARON: "German business people anxious about Greek euro exit - they want Greece as their colony. Report on closed meeting in Athens on Thursday".

    TO VIMA: "Lucas Papademos' non-paper: the classified report on the banks and the state".

    VRADYNI: "The 'trap-measures' for those that retire this year. In-depth guide for IKA and special funds".

    [06] Authorities intercept 70 non-EU nationals attempted to reach Italy

    AMNA--Greek authorities have intercepted a group of 70 foreign nationals from countries outside the European Union that were attempting to illegally travel to Italy.

    The migrants were arrested in the Piraeus district of Rendi on Friday night, where they were waiting in a parked truck that was heading for the coast of western Greece, where they would be picked up by a boat heading for Italy.

    Police from the Kaminia police station located and arrested the migrants based on information supplied by the Attica Aliens department, which discovered an outfit that was approaching migrants and offering to take them to Italy for a fee ranging from 2,000-3,000 euros.amna

    The six suspected members of the migrant-trafficking group eluded arrest and are now being sought.

    [07] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.64 percent, standing at 526.98 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 4.235 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.45 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.39 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.36 percent.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 3.41 percent; Financial Services, up 3.25 percent and Telecoms, up 2.15 percent.

    The heaviest losses were in Technology, down 1.25 percent and Food and Beverages, down 0.89 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 27 were up, 11 were down, and 9 were unchanged.

    [08] Loeb victory in Acropolis Rally

    AMNA--World champion Sebastien Loeb won first place in this year's Acropolis Rally on Sunday and came one step closer to winning this year's world championship as well. The French driver for Citroen won the Acropolis Rally for the third time in his career (after 2005 and 2008) to reach a total of 71 victories in total.amna

    Loeb's Finnish team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, also driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, came second and the Ford team came third with another Finnish driver, Jati-Matti Latvala, at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

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