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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-04

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

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  • [01] SYRIZA ready to assume country's governance
  • [02] Rhodes clinch deal with Ryanair for flights from Europe

  • [01] SYRIZA ready to assume country's governance

    AMNA--Greece's return to a recovery orbit requires first the cancellation of the 'recession programme' and a generous reduction of the state debt as a percentage of GDP, main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras told the 23rd congress of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce on Monday, adding that whoever doesn't see this was simply turning a blind eye, and stated his party's readiness to assume "the historic responsibility of the governance of the country".

    "Today, the Left is open to ideas, to the new, to seeking, whereas dogmas have crossed over to the other side, our political opponents are moving within the dogma of neo-liberalism," Tsipras said.amna

    He blasted the three parties of the coalition government, accusing them of "having the Memorandum as their only political plan for the country", adding that "the government has become fully incorporated and subjugated to the electoral campaign needs and long-term plan of (German chancellor Angela) Mrs Merkel on the Greek prospect", which he outlined as a conversion of Greece into a special economic zone, noting a relevant interview by the chairman of the German industrialists' federation.amna

    Tsipras said that SYRIZA has a political plan that will replace the Memorandum, on the basis of which "we will re-negotiate the loan agreement" with Greece's partners, and stressed that "we are ready to implement the major, progressive structural reforms that the country needs to exit permanently from the quagmire of the crisis that is constantly being recycled".

    [02] Rhodes clinch deal with Ryanair for flights from Europe

    AMNA--Dodecanese Islands' authorities have reached an agreement with low cost airline Ryanair, after months of negotiation, under which the airline will introduce flights to the islands of Rhodes and Kos from and to several European destinations.

    The accord, which was signed on Monday, concerns the years 2013 and 2014 and provides for 16 weekly flights from April 1 to October 31 in 2013, while the season will be extended by two months in 2014.amna

    The two sides will jointly finance advertising of Ryanair flights to Rhodes and Kos island, with the Dodecanese authorities' contribution designated at 500,000 euro, a sum considerably reduced from the 760,000 euro originally cited in the discussions.amna

    Under the deal, Ryanair will introduce direct flights to Rhodes and Kos from cities in England, Italy and Germany.


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