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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Government, institutions pause talks as new deal is drafted
  • [02] Mitsotakis calls for 'post-populism' politics during book presentation
  • [03] Prosecutor orders investigation into Energa suspect's ankle monitor escape

  • [01] Government, institutions pause talks as new deal is drafted

    The main issues that remain open in the ongoing negotiations between the government and the representatives of the institutions are labour laws, fiscal issues and the out-of-court settlement for non-performing loans, a finance ministry official said on Monday evening.

    According to the official, the two sides paused the meeting for a few hours so that the representatives of the institutions can draft a new draft agreement which will include the comments of the Greek side. The plan will be handed over to the government's economic team later tonight, signaling a new round of talks, as "some (of the Greek observations) might be accepted, some may not be accepted and some may be deferred," the official said.

    He also said a teleconference will be held next week as the heads of the institutions will leave Athens on Tuesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

    [02] Mitsotakis calls for 'post-populism' politics during book presentation

    A political change is needed as soon as possible that will allow Greece to adopt a new productive and growth model and a "policy of post-populism", New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday, during the presentation of a book by Giorgos Pagoulatos, titled "The island that is leaving; 121+1 essays about the crisis".

    "Greece remains cumbersome in terms of reforms, financially ambivalent and without orientation in terms of development, while time passes relentlessly and the hourglass of opportunities is steadily being emptied at our expense," he said. "For it reason, it is imperative that policies change as soon as possible. The country does not just need a new production and growth model. It needs a new political model. We need to invent the 'policy of post-populism'."

    He said the party must not merely be content with the ideological superiority of its ideas, or believe that because the people at this event agree on these issues, the party has won the trust of the Greek society's silent majority. "We have to read the 'spirit' behind the 'letter' of the populist vote, without becoming populists," he noted.

    "To achieve this, we need a brave and creating break with our past. One thing is certain: we cannot approach the future with the tools and vocabulary of the past. I know well we will not be able to reach some people, because we will not confront populism by softening our political voice. But we have to appeal to the 'forgotten man'. The average Greek family which, away from ideologies, sees its future getting darker every day," he added.

    [03] Prosecutor orders investigation into Energa suspect's ankle monitor escape

    Chief appeals prosecutor Antonis Liogas ordered a preliminary investigation into the circumstances surrounding the removal of an electronic monitoring bracelet by a 43-year-old suspect charged with money laundering in the Energa-Hellas Power scandal.

    Prosecutors will have to ascertain if there was any negligence on the part of police officers in locating the woman, or if there were any omissions on the side of the company that provides the electronic monitoring devices, and is the justice ministry's technology provider responsible for the overall operation of the system.

    In a press release on Monday, the company supplying the ankle monitors said it complied with all the procedures required by authorities, informing them constantly about the suspect's movements "until it received a signal that the bracelet had been cut".

    The ongoing case concerns power companies Energa and Hellas Power which withheld 257 million euros from the state by collecting a special property tax levied through electricity bills, which they failed to pay to the state.


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