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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-27

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  • [01] EU Commissioner Moscovici: Greece's position is in the eurozone
  • [02] "5 years with Myrtis" conference at the Acropolis Museum

  • [01] EU Commissioner Moscovici: Greece's position is in the eurozone

    ANA/MPA---European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici on Sunday in different interviews with RTL, Le Figaro and LCI, expressed his views over the progress of the negotiations with Greece.

    As for the eurozone, he said: "We have to understand that the euro is not a system of fixed exchange rates. The euro is a single currency, that means that the national currencies have been abolished. So this is something irreversible. The day when a country decides to leave the euro, there is no existing legal mechanism. Unless we are talking about leaving the EU, something that obviously no one wants ... If a country leaves, the euro is no longer a single currency and the question raised is who is next," he said.

    Regarding his relation with the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Moscovici noted: "He is a smart person, not always easy, but smart. We can find a common language and, in any case, that is what I wish ... My job is not to prepare a plan B. My job is not to prepare Greece's exit from the euro, it is not to prepare a bankruptcy. My job is to avoid all these. I absolutely hope that Greece remains in the euro. The position of Greece is in the eurozone."

    Asked on the possibility of an accident, he replied: "The European Commission and the institutions are all working to avoid it. This is known and what is also known is that time is running out and we must find the money as there are some important deadlines.

    Moscovici also stressed the need to speed up reforms. "Progress has been made. But this progress is not enough, it is very slow ... Time is running out ... You need to speed up," he underlined.

    The EU Commissioner also said that it is not possible not to reach an agreement in June. "We will all do our best so that there is an agreement," he added.

    [02] "5 years with Myrtis" conference at the Acropolis Museum

    ANA/MPA---The conference "5 years with Myrtis" held on the five-year anniversary since the reconstruction of the 11-year-old 'Myrtis', the girl that put a face to distant antiquity, will take place on May 13 at the Acropolis museum.

    The name 'Myrtis' was given to her by scientists that worked on the reconstruction of her features. Following her 'resurrection' nearly 2,500 years after she died of typhoid fever - the plague that also struck down the statesman Pericles and one third of all Athenians at that time - she was now also made a "Millenium Friend" and her picture posted on a website supporting the UN Millenium Goals as a message to the world about disease prevention.

    Live streaming of the conference will be available at ANA-MPA website.

    "My death was inevitable. In the 5th century BC we had neither the knowledge nor the means to fight deadly illnesses. However, you, the people of the 21st century, have no excuse. You possess all the necessary means and resources to save the lives of millions of people. To save the lives of millions of children like me who are dying of preventable and curable diseases.

    2,500 years after my death, I hope that my message will engage and inspire more people to work and make the Millennium Development Goals a reality," a letter posted next to her picture says.

    Her bones were discovered in 1994-1995, in a mass grave with another 150 bodies, during work to build the metro station in Kerameikos. Her skull was in an unusually good condition and this inspired Professor Papagrigorakis to enlist the help of specialist scientists from Sweden to recreate her features, using the 'Manchester' facial reconstruction technique.

    The final result, wearing a linen dress made especially for the purpose by Greek fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki based on images of clothing styles of that time, forms the backbone of an exhibition that explores both the various stages of a facial reconstruction. It also exhibits the finds uncovered by archaeologists at Kerameikos, which date around 430-426 B.C. and are linked with the plague that contributed to Athens' defeat from Sparta during the Peloponnesian Wars.

    Scientists decided to give 'Myrtis' brown eyes and brown hair, arranged in a Classical era style, like the majority of Athenians at that time but stressed that her true colours could only be discovered by expensive DNA analysis that has not yet been carried out.

    DNA analysis techniques have confirmed, however, that Myrtis and two other bodies in the mass grave had died of typhoid fever, confirming theories about the historic plague.

    When orthodontics professor Manolis Papagrigorakis, the man who first conceived the project of reconstructing Myrtis, was asked how much the ancient Greeks resemble to modern Greeks, he replied: "My study at the University of Bergen in Norway showed that the skull of modern Greeks is exactly the same, statistically, while the cerebral skull has changed, this is normal and this is how it needed to be developed ... due to the human evolution."

    According to the World Health Organization, 500,000-700,000 people still die from typhoid fever every year and almost nine million children under the age of five die from diseases that can be prevented and cured.

    The conference is held under the auspices of the University of Athens, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, the UN and the Norwegian Embassy in Athens.

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