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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-24

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  • [01] Every time the government negotiates, the Greeks are trembling, says ND spokesman Kikilias
  • [02] Early elections is not in anyone's interest, says SYRIZA parliamentary spokesman Xydakis
  • [03] The summer continues for Santorini

  • [01] Every time the government negotiates, the Greeks are trembling, says ND spokesman Kikilias

    Newly appointed New Democracy (ND) spokesman Vassilis Kikilias sternly attacked the government on Thursday in an interview with private SKAI TV and reiterated his party's request for general elections.

    "Every time the government negotiates, the people are trembling with fear. It is a matter of inadequacy, trust, efficiency and management. This country and its people deserve better than this," said Kikilias.

    ND spokesman also commented government's actions on issues of foreign policy and particularly on the recent developments with Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements.

    "The day government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that there is no such issue (Erdogan's statement), at the same time the Foreign Ministry gave a tough answer to Erdogan and Mr. Tsipras (Alexis, prime minister) was calling Erdogan and asked for a meeting. What is happening to this government," he asked and reiterated ND's request to hold a Foreign Policy Council.

    [02] Early elections is not in anyone's interest, says SYRIZA parliamentary spokesman Xydakis

    Early general elections are not good for anyone, "not even the lenders in a period with huge open fronts in Europe" said SYRIZA parliamentary spokesman Nikos Xydakis speaking to Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Thursday.

    Referring to the social 'face' of the State Budget he noted that "two facts leave margins for hope. In case of a primary surplus there will be a social excess that will be used for the citizens' relief and the second that there is a plan for the country to get on a growth course".

    As soon as we have the first signs of recovery, we must make adjustments in order to keep the growth rate and at the same time give a breather to the citizens, to the labourers and to the professionals which are mostly affected.

    Asked on the debate on Thursday at the European Parliament on the relations between EU and Turkey, Xydakis noted. "It is a crucial vote. I would not be against Turkey because as closer you keep Turkey the more you help the Turkish people. I'm afraid that this huge political and social transformation that is taking place in Turkey is towards an authoritarian directions that distances Turkey from Europe. The target should be to keep Turkey close for the benefit of the Turkish people" he said.

    [03] The summer continues for Santorini

    The tourist season on the island of Santorini begins in early March and ends just before Christmas. The number of tourists exceeds 2 million every year, while during the peak summer season 15,000 people get off the cruise ships every day. The mayor of the island Anastasios Nikolaos Zorzos spoke to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency about his efforts to curb the tourist saturation on the island and expressed his anxiety over the excessive construction that limits rural land.

    Wednesday, November 16. Athens is in the heart of autumn and for most of the citizens of the capital summer is a lost memory.

    On the same day, only 30 minutes by plane from the "Eleftherios Venizelos" international airport, on a small island of the Cyclades, the summer continues: Most shops are open as well as the boutiques with the latest fashion clothes that cannot be found even in Athens, stylish cafes and restaurants with Greek, Chinese and Indian cuisine, and jewelry shops that can be compared with those of the Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

    The island of Santorini has won the bet of the tourist destination all-year-round, the mayor said stressing, however, the importance of taking measures in order to avoid any negative repercussions.

    The services on the island have been upgraded offering from excursions to the volcano and the surrounding islands to helicopter flights over the caldera, renting luxurious vessels for a few hours, climbing, and diving to the seabed of Santorini.

    Zorzos stressed the need to put a halt to the over-exploitation of the island due to tourism. "The building limits have already been surpassed at the expense of agricultural land," he stated adding that safeguards should be set.

    "Further construction will affect quality tourism. Our aim is to attract high income visitors all year round," he said.

    The mayor referred to the recent campaign promoting tourism throughout the year as well as the efforts made to promote Santorini as a thematic, alternative destination (cultural, gastronomic, architectural, educational etc).

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