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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-17

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  • [01] Tsipras: Society's desire for democracy remains alive
  • [02] ECB lowers borrowing ceiling for Greek banks
  • [03] Greek inflation rate at 0.6 pct in Oct, Eurostat
  • [04] PASOK leader Gennimata meets with Cyprus President Anastasiades
  • [05] Temporary exhibitions have positive impact on visitors to museums

  • [01] Tsipras: Society's desire for democracy remains alive

    "The meaning of the Polytechnic uprising is everlasting. It has not been affected by time and continues to touch all the generations and particularly those young people that were not born at that time. We are holding the thread of the Polytechnic uprising and we are creating a new Greece," said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the parliament plenum on Thursday in a session dedicated to the Polytechnic uprising in 1973.

    In his address Tsipras underlined that "the society's desire for more democracy remains alive and is renewed every day according to each period's problems," adding that the Polytechnic uprising was the Greek people's demand for democracy.

    Before the uprising, nobody believed that the Greek people would confront the junta. Since then Greece has been undergoing the longest period of democratic normality in its modern history. However, the demand for more democracy remains and will always exist, stated Tsipras adding that "in the globalisation era, democracy refers to the struggle against corruption and conflict of interests. The democracy in the Greece of memoranda has been wounded and downgraded."

    He also said that his government has received a mandate to restore those damaged in the era of memoranda.

    "We achieved a lot but we have a long way ahead of us but now the exit is visible" he said referring to the second review of the Greek programme and to the debt relief.

    Moreover, Tsipras underlined that it a historic duty "for our people to fight in order to prevent the return to isolation and authoritarianism."

    Finally, referring to US President Barack Obama's visit to Greece he said that "the country has won the respect of the international community in the struggle against the refugee crisis. Greece is synonymous with solidarity. Greece from pariah becomes a protagonist. From part of the crisis turns into part of the solution and the solution is peace and safety. We will continue on this path as the country that born the democracy," he concluded.

    [02] ECB lowers borrowing ceiling for Greek banks

    European Central Bank lowered the borrowing ceiling for Greek banks from the ELA mechanism by 200 million euros, the Bank of Greece said on Thursday.

    The central bank, in a report, said that on 16 November 2016 the Governing Council of the European Central Bank did not object to an ELA-ceiling for Greek banks of 50.9 billion euros, up to and including Thursday, 8 December 2016, following a request by the Bank of Greece.

    The reduction of 0.2 billion euros in the ceiling reflects an improvement of the liquidity situation of Greek banks, amid a reduction of uncertainty and the stabilization of private sector deposits flows.

    [03] Greek inflation rate at 0.6 pct in Oct, Eurostat

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    Greek annual inflation rate was 0.6 pct in October from -0.1 pct in September, Eurostat said on Thursday. The EU executive's statistics office, in a report released here, said that the annual inflation rate in the Eurozone was 0.5 pct in October, from 0.4 pct in September and 0.1 pct in October 2015. In the EU28, the annual inflation rate was 0.5 pct in October from 0.4 pct in September and 0.0 pct a year earlier. Six EU member-state recorded negative inflation rates, with Bulgaria and Cyprus leading with -1.0 pct each. Belgium (1.9 pct) and Austria (1.4 pct) recorded the highest inflation rates.

    [04] PASOK leader Gennimata meets with Cyprus President Anastasiades

    PASOK leader and head of the Democratic Alliance Fofi Gennimata expressed her full support to the people of Cyprus and to political authority's efforts to reach a viable and fair solution to the problems created by the Turkish invasion during her meeting on Thursday with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

    [05] Temporary exhibitions have positive impact on visitors to museums

    How can the number of visitors in a museum be affected by a temporary exhibition? Huge, especially when it refers to important exhibitions such as "Hermitage: Gate to history" and "Odysseys" recently inaugurated at the Byzantine and Christian Museum and theNational Archaeological Museum respectively.

    According to the Byzantine and Christian Museum figures, 2,500 visitors were recorded last Sunday when only 284 people visited the museum a week before the opening of the exhibition .

    The data from the National Archaeological Museum were also positive. "While visitors were reduced in all Greek museums in October, the National Museum posted a 11.5 percent increase. Only on Sunday, November 6, 2,000 people from all over Greece visited the museum," its managing director Maria Lagogianni said to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

    The exhibition "Hermitage: Gate to history" was inaugurated on November 2 and illustrates the "encyclopaedic spirit" of the St. Petersburg-based Hermitage Museum through the presentation of a great variety of works from different cultural environments spanning an extended period of time.

    The exhibition "Odysseys" which is a timeless narrative about human efforts, inspired by Odysseus archetypal character, was inaugurated at the National Archaeological Museum on October 3.

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