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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-04-23
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy day is forecast for today with storms and rain in the north and northwest parts of the country. Winds variable light to strong.Temperatures in Athens will range between 11C to 19 C and in Thessaloniki between 9C to 17C.
(23/4/2003 12:21:00 μμ)
 State television 1st placeAccording to a poll conducted by KAPPA RESEARCH, state television came first place by far among viewers selection of television channels specially concerning issues of major importance such as the Iraq war. State radio NET 105,8 came 4th
(23/4/2003 12:27:00 μμ)
 Prime-minister Simitis in StockholmPrime-minister and President of the European Council, Kostas Simitis, who is in an official visit to Stockholm within the framework of his tour to EU member states in view of the EU summit in Athens in June said that parliamentary elections in Greece will be held at the end of the government s 4 year term.
In reference to the Cyprus political issue, Mr. Simitis said that it should be resolved prior to May 1st 2004, noting that Turkey should carefully examine its stance on the issue, views also shared by his Swedish counterpart Goran Person.
Today, Prime-minister Simitis will visit Copenhagen, capital of Denmark and then return to Athens.
(23/4/2003 12:22:00 μμ)
 Cyprus checkpoint opening, a ploy to avoid full settlementTurkish-Cypriot leader Raulf Dektash yesterday approved the opening of checkpoints with the free part of Cyprus for day trips as of next Monday but Greek-Cypriots rejected it a s a ploy to avoid a full settlement.
Greek-Cypriot, government spokesman told reporters that this is an illegal decision taken by an illegal state designed to deflect attention of world opinion from the negative attitude of the Turkish side on efforts to settle the Cyprus problem.
(23/4/2003 12:23:00 μμ)
 Bank of Greece, annual report on economyPresenting the annual report on the Greek economy, the governor of the Bank of Greece, Nikos Garganas proposed further reforms in the social security system, mainly the increase in the retirement age, stressing that otherwise taxpayers would be called to pay higher taxes in the future.
Mr. Garganas underlined that unemployment, inflation and public debt reflected the structural weaknesses of the Greek economy.
The General Confederation of Greek Workers, the Coalition of the Left and the Democratic Movement parties expressed objections to any increase in retirement age and any changes in preconditions and amount of pension speaking of cultivation of hard neo-liberal measures at the expense of the low- income classes.
(23/4/2003 12:24:00 μμ)