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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-06-15

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Tuesday, June 15, 1999


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/ No clear winner in Greek Euro poll


MOST of yesterday's papers led with reports about Greece's Euro Elections, in which the centre right New Democracy party took 36.9 per cent of the vote. The ruling socialist party, Pasok, was three percentage points behind, while the Communist Party of Greece was third with 8.3 per cent.


_ said there was no clear winner of the elections, even though New Democracy took a bigger share than ruling Pasok, which had done well enough not to have to consider early elections. With the exception of New Democracy, all the other parties saw their share of the vote down compared to the 1994 elections.

The paper noted that there was a lower turnout, 33 per cent abstention, something which had influenced the result of the vote. Both the major parties declared that they were satisfied with their respective share of the vote.


_ noted that Christian Democratic parties would have the majority in the European Parliament. It also played up the fact that Greece's Communist Party had increased its share of the vote from 6.2 per cent in 1994 to 8.3 .

The paper drew some positive conclusions from the Greek results, pointing out that the total share of the vote attracted by left-wing parties was 60 per cent, compared to 40 per cent for right- wing parties. What was more encouraging for the paper was the belief that the scope of left-wing parties increasing their share of the vote in the future was significantly greater than those of the right-wing.


_ in a front-page editorial used the elections as an opportunity to criticise the European Union for being "a hostage of the emerging -- in a dangerous and arrogant way -- American empire".

It said that the failure of the European partners to provide answers and solutions to the social, economic and political problems of European integration highlighted the weaknesses of the EU. It asked: "What kind of Europe are we creating and what kind of Europe do we want? One that depends on the US or one that is autonomous?"


_ claimed that Turkey was preparing certain moves, apart from hardening its stance, in order to prevent the planned Cyprus initiatives from producing results. The source of the paper's information was Greece's Foreign Ministry, which was studying ways of dealing with the situation.

Turkey was pursuing three objectives in an effort to thwart a new diplomatic initiative: 1) to secure at least informal "acceptance of the Turkish Cypriot political entity" by Muslim countries as soon as possible 2) to sign more bilateral agreements with the pseudo-state as part the process of integration 3) to step up military tension.

_To Tharros

_ reported that Disy leader Nicos Anastassiades did not believe there would be any adverse effects on the Cyprus peace efforts as a consequence of the row between Cypriot parties and the US embassy with regard to the former's anti-Nato stance over Yugoslavia.


_ reported that a calendar published in New York by a travel company owned by Cypriots had upset the Greek community as it was promoting a tourist resort in Turkey. No Cyprus resort was included in the 12 pictures that made up the calendar.

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