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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-08

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

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  • [01] PM, Merkel discuss Greek reforms progress, EU developments
  • [02] Antiques, rare objects discovered in Piraeus City Hall, attributed to benefactor Dilaveris

  • [01] PM, Merkel discuss Greek reforms progress, EU developments

    Berlin (AMNA/ F. Karaviti) -- Progress in the reforms in Greece, bilateral issues, the general economic situation "which is very important for Germany, too", as well as developments in the EU "where we will have achieved a substantial degree of coordination by mid-June", are on the agenda of talks between German chancellor Angela Merkel and visiting Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the chancellor said on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting with Samaras in Berlin.

    Samaras, in turn, underlined the "great effort" being made in Greece "with sacrifices by the Greek people" in order for the country "to regain its credibility and the confidence of both the European peoples and the markets".

    "In that direction, we are taking systematic measures and have voted in a series of laws that ensure this course," Samaras said, adding that the priority is to secure liquidity, which he described as the "blood of the economy" which, together with investments, "can bring the much needed growth to a country ravaged by a huge problem, that of unemployment, and particularly unemployment among young people".

    Samaras added that the discussion with Merkel will also encompass issues pertaining to Europe which, he noted, "is proceeding decisively, evolving, with a new union being created in every sector".

    [02] Antiques, rare objects discovered in Piraeus City Hall, attributed to benefactor Dilaveris

    AMNA/ Antique furniture and rare objects were accidentally uncovered in an unused and forgotten space on the 8th floor of the Piraeus City Hall building.

    The items are believed to have belonged to Piraeus benefactor Kriton Dilaveris and subsequently bequeathed to the municipality.

    Dilaveris, who was born in Piraeus in 1894 and died in 1972, bequeathed his entire fortune to the municipality. He had been elected as an MP for Piraeus in 1935, 1936 and 1946 and was married to Athena, the sister of the late Greek actress and tragedian Katina Paxinou.

    At a recent auction, the municipality sold Dilaveris' 1960 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster to a German entrepreneur for 400,000 euro, which money went to the re-landscaping of a park named after the benefactor.

    Piraeus Mayor Vassilis Michaloliakos pledged the finds will be showcased, just like "all the small and large 'treasures' of our city", adding that "we owe it to the memory of our great benefactor, we owe it to the historic continuity of our city".


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