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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-07

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  • [01] PM in Berlin, meeting with Merkel on Tuesday
  • [02] President Papoulias in Berlin
  • [03] Moutainclimber missing in Pieria Mountains, search continues
  • [04] Three migrant-smuggling ring members arrested over boat incident
  • [05] The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

  • [01] PM in Berlin, meeting with Merkel on Tuesday

    AMNA/ Prime Minister Antonis Samaras leaves on Monday for Berlin to attend a forum organized by 'Die Welt' newspaper and where he will be the guest speaker at a dinner for the forum attendants on Monday night, together with European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi.

    Samaras will also have an informal meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday afternoon, preceded by a private meeting earlier with former German foreign minister and vice-chancellor Hans Dietrich Genscher.

    The forum will be addressed by Merkel, European Council president Martin Schulz, European Commission vice-president Olli Rehn, the Social Democratic Party's (SPD) candidate for chancellor Peer Steinbruck, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Spanish finance and competitiveness minister Luis de Guindos, and German economy minister Philipp Roesler, finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.

    Samaras returns to Athens on Tuesday evening.

    The prime minister will be accompanied by Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks minister Costis Hatzidakis and deputy minister Notis Mitarakis.

    [02] President Papoulias in Berlin

    AMNA/ President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias arrived in Berlin on Sunday evening and will be having an informal meeting with President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck, on Monday.

    The two presidents will be given a guided tour of the exhibition "Olympia: Myth-Cult-Games in Antiquity" which is being hosted since August at the exhibition premises of 'Martin-Gropius-Bau' and is being held under the auspices of the two presidents.

    Later, President Papoulias will go to the Bellevue Presidential Mansion, where the German president will host a dinner in his honour.

    [03] Moutainclimber missing in Pieria Mountains, search continues

    AMNA/ A search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday for a 58-year-old mountain climber who went missing in the Pieria Mountain Range, without any sighting of or contact with the missing man having been made an hour before noon on Monday.

    The 58-year-old, a member of the Kozani Mountain Climbing Club, fell behind the rest of the Club members near the village of Katafygio as the group was heading to the Avdelas refuge.

    The last time the missing man, an experienced mountain climber carrying full winter hiking equipment, contacted his group was when he was in the Kataresko region at an altitude of 1,500 meters earlier Sunday.

    Rescuers were combing the area under adverse weather conditions marked by low temperatures, limited visibility and snow that has covered the entire area.

    Taking part in the search and rescue operation are Fire Brigade contingents, Thessaloniki EMAK rescuers with a trained dog and volunteer mountainclimbers.

    [04] Three migrant-smuggling ring members arrested over boat incident

    AMNA/ Three men were arrested on Sunday night, believed to be members of a migrant-smuggling ring, over an incident on Saturday in which 37 illegal migrants were endangered in a distressed boat spotted off northern Crete.

    A 55-year-old local man from Heraklion (Crete) and two foreign nationals aged 27 and 64 were arrested, charged with being members of the ring that undertook the transport of the illegal migrants that was spotted in distress at noon Saturday near the islet of Dia, north of Heraklion, which was later led safely to port by the Coast Guard.

    An alert was sounded on Saturday at the Merchant Marine Ministry's operations center following a telephone call that a boat carrying a large number of people was in distress. An operation was immediately launched to locate the boat, and a helicopter combing the area off of northern Crete spotted the boat near the islet of Dia.

    The distressed boat, which was identified as the "Moonraker", had set off from Crete possibly headed for Italy and was carrying 37 illegal migrants, including a woman and a minor, who were all reported well in health.

    The three arrestees were taken before a Heraklion prosecutor on Sunday evening, facing felony charges, and are due to be taken before an examining magistrate on Monday.

    [05] The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    AMNA/ The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    DIMOKRATIA: "Work for 460 euro monthly for 60,000 unemployed - Government to announce five programmes on Thursday aiming to halt the tsunami of unemployment".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "Venizelos' (PASOK leader) guards - Samaras (prime minister) and Kouvelis (DIMAR leader) provide shield of protection to Venizeos in order to keep the three-party coalition government in office at all cost, as main opposition SYRIZA is due to table a motion in parliament on Monday for the referral of the PASOK leader (in addition to former finance minister George Papaconstantinou) to a parliamentary preliminary investigation committee over the Lagarde list".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Four upsets in the social security regime".

    ELLADA: "Financial prosecutors (investigating the Lagarde list affair) Grigoris Peponis and Spiros Mouzakitis 'point the finger' at Venizelos".

    ESTIA: "Unacceptable vilification (by media) before incriminating evidence arises".

    ETHNOS: "The war over the Lagarde list raging outside of all boundaries".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Government rules out any margins for relaxation (of austerity in 2013)".

    TA NEA: "11 grey zones on the Lagarde list".

    VRADYNI: "Pensions: The reduction to main and auxiliary pensions in four installments".

    6DAYS: "9 DEKO (public utilities and organizations) and 79 state properties up for auction

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