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

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

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader meets with Brazil's ruling party officials
  • [02] Registered unemployed up 9.86 percent since last year
  • [03] Freeze of auctions for first residences extended to Dec. 31, 2013

  • [01] SYRIZA leader meets with Brazil's ruling party officials

    AMNA-- The leadership of Brazil's ruling Workers Party (PT) is categorically against the austerity policy enforced in southern European nations, as it emerged during a meeting on Monday with a delegation of Greece's main opposition radical left SYRIZA party, headed by leader Alexis Tsipras.

    One of the main reasons of the SYRIZA visit to the South American nation, Tsipras said, was to assess Brazil's experience in managing -10 years ago- to escape a social crisis, led there by the extreme liberal policies, and exit the economic crisis in a democratic and coordinated way, by redistributing wealth, dealing with extreme poverty and restructuring its production base.

    The message extracted was that the policy followed in Greece -an extreme, barbaric and neoliberal one, as Tsipras put it- was not a one-way to exit the crisis, as there are alternatives, SYRIZA's leader said. amna

    In this context, that SYRIZA calls active, multi-faceted external policy, Tsipras noted that it was especially crucial that in a multi-polar world Greece has the support of a global economic power like Brazil.

    On his part, RT president Rui Falcao, with "first-hand knowledge" of the outcome of neoliberal policies, expressed his wish that relations between the two respective countries -and the two respective parties- be strengthened to allow assistance to Greece through solidarity policies. amna

    According to reports, in addition to SYRIZA's assessment of the outcome of the policy followed in Greece so far in terms of the country's debt, unemployment and poverty, the fact was stressed that the austerity programme followed, apart from being barbaric is also ineffective. And this is of interest to Brazil in its capacity as a major player in the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    The leadership of PT was unconditional on the fact that cutting salaries and pensions and crushing a country's social web can in no way help in dealing with the economic crisis.

    [02] Registered unemployed up 9.86 percent since last year

    AMNA--The number of registered unemployed has risen 1.09 percent in November 2012 relative to the previous month and 9.86 percent with respect to November 2011, according to figures released by the Manpower Employment Organisation OAED on Monday. The latest rise brings the total of OAED registered unemployed to 786,236, of which 41.97 percent are men and 58.03 percent are women.

    According to OAED, 34,138 jobs were lost in November, down from 50,473 in October 2012 and 55,855 in November 2011.

    The number of subsidised unemployed has increased to 214,573, increasing by 36,008 people or 20.17 percent relative to the previous month in October.amna

    New hirings reported to OAED fell 26.24 percent in November relative to the previous month and increased 14.67 percent relative to November 2011. Dismissals fell by 25.36 percent relative to October 2012 and 12.01 percent relative to November 2011. The number of temporary contract expirations also fell by 33.66 percent relative to October 2012 and by 14.51 percent relative to November 2011. Voluntary departures from jobs decreased by 16.42 percent relative to October 2012 and by 0.99 percent relative to November 2011.

    [03] Freeze of auctions for first residences extended to Dec. 31, 2013

    AMNA--A current freeze of auctions in the foreclosure of first residences for unserviced loans, as well as the evictions of commercial store owners, will be extended for an additional year until Dec. 31, 2013, according to a Legislative Act to be published on Monday following an initiative by the ministry of development aimed at protecting citizens facing financial problems. amna

    In addition, the act will allow stores and enterprises to open in the next two Sundays ahead of the Christmas Holidays and New Year's Eve.


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