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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-09-07

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tight fiscal policies are dangerous, SYRIZA leader Tsipras says in 'La Stampa' interview
  • [02] Foreign ministry urges Israel to reconsider land claim near Bethlehem
  • [03] Two caryatids unearthed by archaeologists in Ancient Amphipolis

  • [01] Tight fiscal policies are dangerous, SYRIZA leader Tsipras says in 'La Stampa' interview

    Tight fiscal policies may result in global economic recession, main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras underlined in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa.

    "Tight fiscal policies and austerity are not only wrong, but also dangerous. After five years, rather than extinct, the crisis has multiplied. And now we are in danger of global economic recession," Tsipras noted.

    "Greece is responsible, but the most violent programme ever adopted in Europe was implemented in my country," Tsipras stressed adding that "the GDP fell by 25 percent in four years, the registered unemployment is at 28 percent and the public debt rose from 126 percent to 175 percent, which is unacceptable for a European country."

    "No country can have a debt that is almost twice its GDP, because the repayment of interest rates crushes any possibility of development," the SYRIZA leader said.

    This crisis, according to Tsipras, "is not a problem of Greece, Italy or Spain, but a structural problem. If we understand this, we will also understand that we should deal with it in a political way and render Europe more democratic: 27 member states are discussing today, but it is Merkel that decides."

    Tsipras also stated that "the role of the European Investment Bank must be strengthened" while stressing the need for "technological upgrade that will not cut jobs but create new ones and increasing public investments."

    The opposition leader also told La Stampa that economies should be given the necessary time to get back on their feet, without the commitments of the Stability Pact.

    [02] Foreign ministry urges Israel to reconsider land claim near Bethlehem

    ANA/MPA---In an announcement on Wednesday, Greece's foreign ministry criticised Israel's decision to lay claim to Palestinian lands near Bethlehem, urging Israel to reconsider.

    "We are unable to comprehend the decision of the Israeli authorities to move ahead with the expropriation of Palestinian land, adjacent to Bethlehem, at a critical moment when all efforts should be focused on compliance with the recently agreed ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

    We call on Israel to reconsider its decision, demonstrating its commitment to the peace process," the announcement said.

    [03] Two caryatids unearthed by archaeologists in Ancient Amphipolis

    Two caryatids (sculpted female figures) of exceptional artistic value were unearthed on Saturday during excavations by archaeologists in Ancient Amphipolis Kasta tomb, northern Greece, it was announced on Sunday, with specialists noting that the new findings further support the view that the monument is of major importance.

    According to a culture ministry announcement, the face of the western caryatid is saved almost intact whereas the face of the eastern caryatid is missing. Their positioning is such to symbolically prevent entry to the tomb, while the technique used is the same with the two sphinxes' already found during the excavations. On the figures were found traces of red and blue color referring to Kore female statues.

    The arrangement of the tomb's second entrance, featuring the caryatids, constitutes important finding that supports the view according to which, the monument is exceptional and of major importance, the culture ministry underlined.


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