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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-02-27

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  • [01] Women Mostly Affected by the Crisis
  • [02] Karamanlis-Vdovin Meeting
  • [03] Political Mobility In View of 2009
  • [04] Greek FM Addresses the UN Security Council
  • [05] Dora Bakoyiannis Begins Talks with Hilary Clinton

  • [01] Women Mostly Affected by the Crisis

    PASOK women's meeting taking place in a central hotel in Athens today focused on the effects of the financial crisis to women as well as on their multiple roles. According to official evidence, 4/10 women in Greece are unemployed and financial inactive. Greece and Spain are first in the list of the European countries regarding women's unemployment. PASOK civil representative Mrs. Louka Katseli said that in our country, women are not privileged in terms of employment and stressed the opposition party's stances on women that is part of the framework that includes specific policies such as the green development and the re distribution of incomes.

    According to the evidence presented today 65 years old women live under the poverty line. In addition, 4/10 is unemployed and 8/10that are considered poor do not work, while 1/15 is unemployed more than two years.

    Louka Katseli branded as "criminal" certain choices made by the government that burdened the working and financial security of women and resulted in the collapse of the control services and of the supervision in markets.

    President of women's socialist international Pia Locatelli pointed out the need for women's reinforcement stressing that French surveys revealed that women who were place in administrative positions in big companies and organizations managed to minimize the losses caused by the financial crisis.

    She also referred on the fact that more than 1.600 women and 10.00 children die every day in the world on causes that are related to pregnancy and child-birth, more than 20% have been victims of violence while in certain areas women live with less than two dollars per day.

    News item: 18524

    [02] Karamanlis-Vdovin Meeting

    Outgoing Russian ambassador to Greece Andrei Vdovin met Monday morning with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and voiced the satisfaction of the Russian government. Exiting the meeting, Vdovin said there had been an excellent climate with the Greek Premier. Vdovin touched on the good ties between Russia and Greece, stressing that both Medvedev and Putin were collaborating with Kostas Karamanlis. He also voiced his satisfaction, because the people of Greece and all the political parties backed the joined projects undertaken by the two nations.

    Source: NET, ANA-MPA

    News item: 17190

    [03] Political Mobility In View of 2009

    In view of 2009, all political parties are preparing their next moves. Although the prime minister will decide when he will proceed with the government reshuffle, economy appears to be the key-factor that will change the climate in the society. Although PASOK (Socialists) is trying to take advantage of the polls, it appears that no poll reflects an absolute win for the party. Finally, the wrangling between SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) and KKE (Communists) continues.

    Taking under consideration the global financial crisis, the PM is hammering out his policy for 2009 a few days before the New Year arrives.

    On Saturday morning, Mr Costas Karamanlis held a meeting with his close associates at Maximos Mansion.

    His associates have stated that nobody knows when the PM will proceed with the government reshuffle.

    At the same time, the priority for the government for 2009 is the armouring of the Greek economy and least possible repercussions on the economy by the global financial crisis. In parallel, the ND ruling party is trying to reverse the climate against it, reflected in opinion polls.

    Meanwhile, in an interview with REAL NEWS newspaper, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that nobody can suggest to the Prime Minister in which post he could be most effective.

    In PASOK's headquarters there is optimism on the party's course, despite the fact that no poll reflects a complete win for the party. Σύμφωνα μάλιστα με πρόσφατη δημοσκόπηση της GPO μόνο το 17% των πολιτών εκτιμά ότι η αξιωματική αντιπολίτευση μπορεί να βγάλει τη χώρα από την κρίση. In an interview with Eleftherotypia newspaper, PASOK spokesman George Papakonstantinou rejected any scenarios on PASOK's cooperation with the ND party, wondering whether Messrs Verelis and Pangalos' statements have caused rifts within PASOK.

    At the same time, PASOK cadre Costas Skandalidis told the Ethnos tis Kyriakis newspaper that the sole solution to the problem is if the Left governs.

    He adds, that instead of trying to equalize PASOK with other parties, SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) should decide on whose side it is.

    At the same time, in an interview with REAL NEWS newspaper SYRIZA Parliamentary Group head Alekos Alavanos accused KKE (Communists) of cooperating in the last days with the ND and LAOS parties. To verify this he advised those who doubt him to look at the minutes of state-budget in Parliament and see.

    News item: 17154

    [04] Greek FM Addresses the UN Security Council

    Matters concerning Greece and the Greek OSCE Chairmanship topped the talks held Friday morning between Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and US ambassador to UN Susan E. Rice. Later on Friday, Bakoyannis will address the UN Security Council to outline the priorities of the Greek chair. No comments were made after the meeting. Earlier, Bakoyannis had had a meeting with UN envoy Matthew Nimetz, with whom she discussed the latest developments in the FYROM name row. The Greek Foreign Minister said the meeting just revised the situation, while Nimetz stressed that they exchanged views on where the matter stands.

    From her contacts with officials of the Obama administration, Bakoyannis noted that although the strategic positions and interests of nations do not change easily, it seems there is a will for cooperation.

    The talks Bakoyannis held in Washington and New York gave her the opportunity to meet with the five key officials of the new US administration that will shape the USA's foreign policy.

    The issues that came up included the bilateral ties between Greece and the USA, the Greek-Turkish disputes, energy matters, the problems in Caucasus, the Middle East standoff and the situation in Kosovo. Bakoyannis unveiled the Greek positions and elaborated on Athens' arguments.

    Source: NET 105.8, ANA/MPA

    Related news: Dora Bakoyannis Begins Talks with Hillary Clinton

    News item: 19482

    [05] Dora Bakoyiannis Begins Talks with Hilary Clinton


    Developments in the Middle East and relations with Russia were at the crux of Greek foreign minister and OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) chairperson Dora Bakoyannis meetings in Washington on Tuesday with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, while developments in Greek-Turkish relations, the prospects for a solution of the Cyprus issue and Turkey's role in the ongoing process under the aegis of the UN, as well as the FYROM name issue, were also examined.

    During her meeting with the Congressional committee dealing with the OSCE, the role of the current Greek chairmanship of the organization was discussed, as well as the renewal of the OSCE's mission in Georgia. Bakoyannis stressed the need for abolition as soon as possible of the visa requirement for Greek citizens wishing to visit the US and for Greece's entry into the US's Visa Waiver Program. She also expresses her worries regarding recent Turkish provocations in Aegean Islands. Mrs. Clinton assured the Greek FM that this issue will de discussed with Turkey.

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