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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SYRIZA leader in Barcelona on Thursday
  • [02] Samaras: EU, IMF must keep their own commitments
  • [03] No decision on Greece, new Eurogroup meeting on Mon.
  • [04] 'Express Service' president arrested for owing millions to state
  • [05] Attalos Stoa sculpture exhibition

  • [01] SYRIZA leader in Barcelona on Thursday

    AMNA--Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras will visit Barcelona on Thursday, following an invitation by the United Left of Spain and specifically the United Left of Catalonia. The SYRIZA leader will participate in the final political activities and rallies ahead of the elections for the local parliament of Catalonia.amna

    According to a SYRIZA announcement, the United Left of Spain and SYRIZA are co-founders of the European Left Party and cooperate at all the levels of the European structure, and jointly struggle against the policies of austerity and the shrinking of democracy in Spain, Greece and Europe.

    [02] Samaras: EU, IMF must keep their own commitments

    AMNA--Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday sent a message to the European partners and the IMF to undertake their own responsibilities and to fulfill their commitments, reminding them that Athens has abided by its own obligations and underlining that Greece's future as well as the stability in the eurozone now depends on their decisions.

    Decisions on Greece were put off to a new meeting of the Eurogroup on Monday, when eurozone finance ministers will resume discussions on the sustainability of the Greek debt, after failing to reach agreement during a 10-hour session in Brussels on Tuesday that lasted into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday.amna

    "Whatever technical difficulties in finding the technical solution do not excuse any oligory or delay on the Greek issue," stressed Samaras in an announcement early Wednesday on the outcome of the Eurogroup meeting, noting: "Greece has done what it should and what it had committed to do. Our partners, together with the IMF, are obliged to do that which they have undertaken. Not only the future of our country, but the stability of the entire eurozone, depend on the successful completion of this effort in the coming days."amna

    On Wednesday, Samaras will go to Brussels to participate in the EU Summit on Thursday that will focus on the EU budget for 2014-2020. Although the Greece issue and the debt crisis in the eurozone are not on the Summit's agenda, it is possible that some discussion will take place.amna

    Samaras will also meet with Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday.

    [03] No decision on Greece, new Eurogroup meeting on Mon.

    AMNA--Decisions on Greece have been put off to a new meeting of the Eurogroup on Monday, when eurozone finance ministers will resume discussions on the sustainability of the Greek debt, after failing to reach agreement during a 10-hour session in Brussels on Tuesday that lasted into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday.

    In a statement by Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker after the meeting, the Eurogroup welcomed the agreement reached between Greece and the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Troika of Greece's international lenders on updated programme conditionality and noted with satisfaction that all the required prior actions have been meet satisfactorily.amna

    Against this background, the Eurogroup made progress in identifying a consistent package of credible initiatives aimed at making a further substantial contribution to the sustainability of the Greek debt, and interrupted its meeting to allow for further technical work on some elements of this package, and will reconvene on Monday, November 26, Juncker said.

    [04] 'Express Service' president arrested for owing millions to state

    AMNA--The president and CEO of the auto assistance firm "Express Service" Yiannis Raptopoulos, 69, was arrested in Thessaloniki on Tuesday morning for outstanding debts to the state exceeding 7.8 million euro.amna

    The well-known business man was led before a Thessaloniki Misdemeanours Court prosecutor, charged and brought before a police court, which granted a postponement and set him free pending trial.

    [05] Attalos Stoa sculpture exhibition

    AMNA--An exhibition "Examples of Sculpture from the Ancient Agora" was officially inaugurated on Tuesday on the upper-floor galleries of the Attalos Stoa, which this year reopened to the public for the first time in 30 years. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras, Culture ministry general secretary Lina Mendoni, U.S. Ambassador to Athens Daniel Bennett Smith, Norwegian Ambassador to Athens Sjur Larsen and the head of the American School of Classical Studies James C. Wright.

    The exhibition features 52 stone statues, some of them on show to the public for the first time, that are all representative examples of Athenian sculpture in the later Classical, Hellenistic and Roman eras.amna

    The works on show on the top floor galleries, positioned so that they can be viewed from all sides, include idealised forms of gods and mortals, Roman-era copies of classic works, Roman portraits of rich Athenian citizens and sculptures that decorated private schools in later antiquity.amna

    The upper floors of the Stoa of Attalos, which looks out over the Ancient Agora in central Athens, were reopened to the public last July after remaining closed for three decades.

    The 1,440 square meter upper floor had previously served as a storage area for artifacts, archives and the offices of the American School of Classical Studies that was conducting excavations in the area.

    In addition to the sculptures going back on display, the exhibition has also been be enriched with newly discovered ancient artifacts never exhibited before, following a Finance Ministry approval in 2010 of a joint proposal by the School and the First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities to showcase the rich collection of antiquities at the site in a more 'museum-like' concept, which was also endorsed by the Council of Museums.amna

    The study for the showcasing the exhibits was conducted within the framework of a project called "Reviving the Ancient Agora, the place where Democracy was born.

    The proposal suggested that the presentation of sculptures takes place in thematic sections and chronological succession allowing the visitors to witness the evolution of sculptural art during the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Times, highlighting the course from the Ancient Greek idealism to the Roman realism. amna

    The Stoa of Attalos houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora. Its exhibits are mostly connected with the Athenian democracy.

    The project also included the digitalisation and storing of more than 300,000 archive documents, including photographs, negatives, plans, maps, excavation logs and reports. This will allow the public to gain a deeper insight into classical-era civilisation and the way democracy functioned in ancient Athens.


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