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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 96-11-26

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.

BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY

Thessaloniki, November 26, 1996


TITLES

  • [01] EU DECIDES NOT TO HOLD ASSOCIATION COUNCIL WITH TURKEY ON DECEMBER 6
  • [02] TEACHERS ON STRIKE TOMORROW, LABOR AND PUBLIC SERVANTS ON THURSDAY
  • [03] WORLD'S FOURTH LARGEST RESEARCH CENTER TO BE FOUNDED IN THRACE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [01] EU DECIDES NOT TO HOLD ASSOCIATION COUNCIL WITH TURKEY ON DECEMBER 6

    Brussels, November 26 (M.P.A.)

    Having taken into consideration the current conditions, the majority of the European Union's member-states ruled that the EU- Turkey Association Council will not be held on December 6, stated Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos in a press conference held in Brussels yesterday, following the session of the EU Foreign Ministers Council.

    Moreover, the Greek Foreign Minister stated that the statement issued by the "15" on July 15, 1996, will constitute the base for their common position regarding the EU-Turkey Association Council, if and whenever it will be held.

    Commending on the invitation issued to Turkish Premier Necmettin Erbacan to attend a formal banquet during next month's Summit meeting in Dublin, Mr. Pangalos clarified that this was an initiative taken by Ireland as the EU Presidency, rather than by the EU's foreign ministers.

    [02] TEACHERS ON STRIKE TOMORROW, LABOR AND PUBLIC SERVANTS ON THURSDAY

    Athens, November 26 (M.P.A.)

    Greece's primary schools and kindergartens will remain closed tomorrow as teachers will hold country-wide strikes, demanding that wage scales be unified and that the state allocate more money for education.

    Secondary school teachers have announced that they plan to strike towards the end of December and again in January.

    On Thursday, the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the Civil Servants Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) will also hold a country-wide strike, protesting the Government's economic measures and the 1997 budget. They demand that the Government index the income tax brackets to inflation, raise tax exemptions to GRD 2 million and tax state securities to finance social policies.

    [03] WORLD'S FOURTH LARGEST RESEARCH CENTER TO BE FOUNDED IN THRACE

    Thrace, November 26 (M.P.A.)

    The relatively new scientific theory of complexity, which will be studied and developed at the world's fourth-largest research center to be founded in Thrace's Democritus University, is expected to bring revolutionary progress in the diagnoses of skin cancer and cardiac arrhythmia, as well as to the theories of technology and management.

    According to the newest methods, skin cancer will be diagnosed by simply moving a "pencil" upon the skin, with the speed and accuracy not attainable through conventional medicine, while cardiac arrhythmia will be diagnosed with relative certainty up to 25 hours prior to symptoms, as opposed to the two-hour period before symptoms that is currently needed.

    The deputy director of the internationally known Solvay Institutes, Ioannis Antoniou from Greece, told the Macedonian Press Agency that he believes the theory of complexity will serve as the base of the 21st century's science.

    Mr. Antoniou, who is a close associate of Ilya Prigogine, the 1977 Nobel prize winner in Chemistry, explained that the theory of complexity concerns an interdisciplinary science, which spans from micro-organisms to the universe, and extends into psychology and sociology.

    Prigogine himself was the catalyst for securing the Greek Education Ministry's support in founding the research center at Dimocritus, since he forwarded a letter to Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis, illustrating the significance of the center and the scientific worth of the theory of complexity.

    Also, Mr. Antoniou explained that the reasons which led to establishing the center in Greece is this country's relation with abstract theories and philosophy.

    "The theory of complexity is nothing more than giving a mathematical nature to Heraclitus' philosophy. At a philosophical level, all the relevant ideas were born in our country. A second reason is that Greece's scientific force is extraordinary," Antoniou explained.

    Also, Mr. Antoniou stated that the Greek state's budget for education is the lowest throughout Europe, adding that the center will "embrace" all of the country's scientists who are forced to go abroad to further their career.


    Complete archives of the Macedonian Press Agency bulletins are available on the MPA Home Page at http://www.mpa.gr/ and on the U.S. mirror at http://www.hri.org/MPA/


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