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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-06-29

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  • [01] Kouvelis: DIMAR left ruling coalition because of 'one-party arrogance'
  • [02] Labour Minister: PM to head delegation to EU-wide meeting on unemployment July 3

  • [01] Kouvelis: DIMAR left ruling coalition because of 'one-party arrogance'

    ANA-MPA -- Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis criticised Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for turning the former tripartite coalition, of which his party and PASOK were junior members, into a "one-party government with the ideological stamp of New Democracy" and justified his decision to leave based on differences that were brought to an apex by the issue of the public broadcaster ERT's shutdown.

    Speaking at DIMAR's central committee meeting on Saturday, Kouvelis accused Samaras of "issuing ministerial acts only with ND ministers and shutting down ERT during the night, on his own and without consulting his coalition partners, especially as they were flatly against the decision."

    ERT was "the tip of the iceberg," he said to explain why DIMAR left the ruling coalition, "but the essential reason can be found in the way the former government operated" which he charged created "a general environment of accumulating and successive incidents of one-party arrogance."

    Kouvelis also took a swipe at PASOK, its former coalition partner, and its leader Evangelos Venizelos, now a government vice president, declining to name him specifically but saying that "I was wondering who was pushing the underground propaganda, claiming that during the difficult hours of negotiations over ERT there was, supposedly, discussion of a cabinet reshuffle and the creation of a vice president's position. We no longer wonder, nor does anyone else in Greece - everything became clear after the reshuffle."

    The party leader called on "reformative, progressive, ecological, leftist and democratic powers that be, who want a democratic and just Greece within a democratic Europe" to align and begin creating a new political centre in Greece.

    [02] Labour Minister: PM to head delegation to EU-wide meeting on unemployment July 3

    ANA-MPA -- Over 120,000 new jobs will be created for young people by the end of 2014, Labour, Social Security and Welfare Minister Yiannis Vroutsis told ANA-MPA in a radio interview on Saturday.

    According to Vroutsis, a programme currently in effect for 45,000 people up to 29 years old will be augmented with programmes for another 75,000 young people that will begin early in 2014.

    The labour minister said that Greece had secured 180 million euros from a total of 6 billion euros to be provided by the European Union to member states specifically for unemployed young people, which would fund programmes for an additional 40,000-50,000 young people.

    Greece will intensify its efforts to absorb more funds and support areas of the country where youth unemployment exceeds 50 percent, Vroutsis said.

    He also noted that on July 3 Prime Minister Antonis Samaras would lead a delegation to Berlin, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited EU labour ministers to meet to discuss the problem of unemployment.

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