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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-03-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Bakoyannis on Greek-US relations, Greek diaspora
  • [02] PASOK criticises gov't on employment

  • [01] Bakoyannis on Greek-US relations, Greek diaspora

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis underlined that Greece and the United States were "strategic and ideological partners" in comments made during a reception at the Greek General Consulate in New York to mark the anniversary of the Greek Independence Day holiday.

    Speaking late on Saturday, Bakoyannis also referred to the vital contribution of Greeks living abroad and conveyed the regards of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and the Greek government to New York's thriving Greek-American community:

    "One more time I will stress the warm love and pride that Greeks back home feel for you. You can be certain that Greece will do well. It is cleaning up its finances, making its democracy even stronger and playing an ever more important role, economically and politically, in its region. We are proud of you and you can be proud of Greece," she said.

    Regarding Greek-U.S. relations, she noted that the "founders of this nation were inspired by Greek ideals and the ideals of the American revolution inspired the Greek revolution a few years later."

    The two countries also stood together for freedom, she added, noting that Greece was one of the three countries of the world, apart from the British empire, that was an ally of the U.S. in every major international crisis of the 20th century.

    "Today, we are working together closely for a stable and progressive southeast Europe and we cooperate in every major international challenge, from Afghanistan to natural disasters," she said.

    One such area of Greek-U.S. cooperation was the economic sector, Bakoyannis noted and emphasised Greece's economic activity in the strategic region of southeastern Europe.

    Referring to her first official trip to the U.S. as foreign minister, she said her talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been "fruitful" and underlined that it had been an honour to meet with U.S. President George Bush at a White House ceremony for Greek Indepedence Day.

    The minister was received at the consulate by General Consul Aikaterini Boura and Consul George Alexopoulos. Also attending the reception was Greek Deputy Finance Minister Christos Folias, who is in the U.S. for a series of contacts seeking to attract foreign investment to Greece.

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    [02] PASOK criticises gov't on employment

    In an attack on the government on Sunday, the secretary of main opposition PASOK's National Council Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou said the government's policies for employment were the "same recipe and the same impasses" that had led to the explosive situation in France, where young people were rioting over unpopular youth employment reforms.

    Speaking at a PASOK event in Kozani, Xenoyiannakopoulou asserted that the government's policies had established a framework that "undermines collective autonomy and collective negotiations, meritocracy, undermines equal opportunities of employment and working conditions for newly-hired employees, as we see in the law for public utilities."

    Calling ruling New Democracy's policy a "fake reform", she slammed it as "socially unjust, leading nowhere economically and ineffective".

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