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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Government reshuffle expected to be announced on Friday
  • [02] Merkel: We guarantee that Greece will remain in the eurozone
  • [03] Defence Minister Kammenos: Our priority the agreement with the lenders
  • [04] Wildfire threatens inhabited areas near Neapolis
  • [05] Banks will reopen on Monday, Mardas says

  • [01] Government reshuffle expected to be announced on Friday

    A government reshuffle is expected to be announced within the day, said sources on Friday.

    According to he same sources there may be transfers of ministers to other ministries along with the new appointments to those posts that the ministers have resigned.

    The same sources referred to a broad government reshuffle.

    [02] Merkel: We guarantee that Greece will remain in the eurozone

    ANA/MPA---"Despite the huge political differences, we guarantee Greece's remaining in the Eurozone, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday addressing the Bundestag adding that "Germany is going well when Europe is going well" reiterated Merkel but clarified that the 86 billion euros of the third support programme to Greece are an unprecedented action of solidarity and admitted that the agreement is very difficult for the Greek citizens. "Europe needs to have the ability to compromise" she noted but also reiterated that there can't be a 'haircut' of the debt within the eurozone.

    "We had three options, to change the rules, to abandon Europe or to cooperate in order a solution to be found" said Merkel and noted "the agreement is difficult for Greece. Greece must bring results and it already brings but the credibility has been lost.

    She expressed her certainty that the advantages of the deal are more than the disadvantages "We did not only decide for Greece but for a powerful Europe and eurozone. We do not only do it for the people in Greece but also for the people in Germany" she said and thanked German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble for his efforts.

    [03] Defence Minister Kammenos: Our priority the agreement with the lenders

    ANA/MPA---"The changes in the government are prime minister's responsibility" said Defence Minister and Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos on Friday speaking to private ANT1 TV.

    Kammenos reiterated that "our priority is the agreement with our lenders in order Greece to get onto the course of growth" adding that after the end of the negotiations "either the 32 SYRIZA deputies will decide what they will do or we will go to general elections. There is no other way". The most probable date for elections will be in September or October.

    He preannounced an Independent Greeks Congress because as he noted "what we voted are against to those we were elected" and clarified "I preferred to go against my conscience and to vote this agreement".

    Referring to his cooperation with the prime minister he characterised it "excellent despite the fact that we derive from different political grounds" and send a message to SYRIZA's dissidents noting that "the government will do a good job is it has a strong majority in parliament".

    On the drachma scenarios he noted "if drachma was the solution, I would discuss it" and described the attempts to seek funds from powers outside the European Union, as China and USA, as an impasse.

    [04] Wildfire threatens inhabited areas near Neapolis

    ANA/MPA--- wildfire that broke out on Friday dawn is currently in full progress at a farming area near Neapolis, southern Greece.

    Due to strong winds blowing in the area the blaze took huge dimensions and is currently threatening inhabited areas. The villages of Faraklo, Lahi and Aghios Nikolaos have been evacuated while according to information three houses in Faraklo and an unknown number of houses at the entrance of Lahi village have been burned. There is also information that there are trapped people in the village of Aghios Nikolaos.

    A large number of firefighters with 35 fire engines assisted by water-dropping helicopters. The firefighting aircrafts can't operate due to the strong winds.

    The blaze is currently very close to the city of Neapolis.

    The mayor of Monemvasia Iraklis Trihilis said to ANA-MPA that the condition is extremely difficult due to the strong

    [05] Banks will reopen on Monday, Mardas says

    ANA/MPA---Greek Alternate Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas on Friday said that all banks will open on Monday offering a wide range of services at their desks, although a 60-euro daily cash restriction will remain. In a radio interview, Mardas said that banks will able to offer more services to customers but only on an accounting form, such as money transfer from one account to another bank account. This will also include bank checks and bills. Transactions will be made normally but no cash will be paid. The only exception will be made for exporting enterprises, shipping companies and tourist enterprises which are bringing new money in the country and can use only 80 pct of this money for their payment obligations.

    Mardas said that credit cards can be used normally abroad, although no cash can be raised from ATMs, while he stressed that the government was trying to resolve some problems with roaming and other participations, such as Google. He said that a ministerial decision next week will address these issues, mostly concerning telecommunication services.


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