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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-13

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  • [01] PM meets Spain's Zapatero
  • [02] Inquiry into corruption in prisons
  • [03] Electrum antiquities exhibition
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM meets Spain's Zapatero

    Madrid (ANA-MPA / C. Melissopoulos) -- Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met Monday with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero while on an official visit to Spain.

    Their talks focused on the problem of illegal migration and the ongoing global economic crisis, as well as bilateral issues.

    In his comments, Karamanlis referred to Turkey and associated its European prospects, which have Greece's backing, with its adherence to the agreements it has signed, including the illegal migrant readmission agreement.

    Responding to a relevant question, Karamanlis stated that the outcome of the European Parliament elections was not indicative of the national election results and referring to the government's economic policy, he stressed that its primary goal was not to impose revenue-raising measures but to adopt structural reforms. "This is what we are trying to do and what will eventually be done," he underlined.

    Earlier, Karamanlis had a meeting with the leader of the Spanish opposition, Popular Party president Mariano Rajoy. No comments were made afterwards.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Inquiry into corruption in prisons

    Justice Minister Nikolaos Dendias on Monday announced the start of a judicial inquiry into corruption in Greek prisons with the interrogation of prison staff, to be supervised by Supreme Court Deputy Public Prosecutor Anastasios Kanellopoulos.

    The minister also announced a meeting of appeals court prosecution offices throughout the country to discuss corruption within the correctional system.

    In another announcement, the ministry said that the Grevena prisons would become class C high-security prisons by the end of this month and that all inmates serving long sentences will be transferred there.

    A Hania first-instance court public prosecutor currently carrying out an preliminary inquiry into the actions of the Agia agricultural prisons governor Mihalis Kyriakakis has been given an additional three days in order complete his investigation, so that he can also examine witnesses suggested by Kyriakakis.

    In the meantime, Dendias ordered that two prison guards at Larissa prison be placed on suspension after their names cropped up in tapped telephone conversations between members of the gang responsible for the kidnap of ship owner Periklis Panagopoulos.

    Caption: Justice Minister Nikolaos Dendias on Monday announced the launch of an inquiry to investigate corruption in Greek prisons - ANA-MPA - Justice ministry

    [03] Electrum antiquities exhibition

    Charms and jewelry made of electrum dating back to the Mycenaean Era and the Roman Times will go on display at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki this month, in an exhibition titled "The magic of electrum: charms and jewelry from Magna Grecia and Macedonia" that begins on Wednesday, July 22 and runs until Feb. 15, 2010.

    One hundred eighty masterpieces made of electrum as well as other objects made of metals and bones coming from the Basilicata tombs in the south of Italy dating back to the 8th and 4th centuries BC will be on display with electrum objects unearthed in burial grounds in Macedonia, north Greece, dating back to the Mycenaean Era and Roman eras.

    The exhibition is co-organized by the Archaeological Museums of Thessaloniki and Potenza in collaboration with the Italian Education Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Salonicco) of Thessaloniki.

    Caption: Artifact from the electrum charms and jewelry exhibition at Thessaloniki's Archaeological Museum. ANA-MPA - Thessaloniki's Archaeological Museum

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Arrests of more members of the organised crime gang, the Siemens case and possible new taxes were the main front-page items in Athens' dailies on Monday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The opinion poll ludicrousness resumes just days after governmental decision regulating the operation of polling companies".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Christoforakos (fugitive Siemens Hellas former CEO who was recently arrested in Germany) coming - By September he will have been extradited to Greece by the German authorities".

    AVRIANI: "New wave of arrests of organised crime gang and terrorist group members - Gigantic joint operation by EYP (National Information Service) and Security Police".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Poorer every year - The citizens' income devoured by taxes and loan payments".

    ESTIA: "When early general elections are allowed - The Constitution is systematically violated".

    ETHNOS: "They're concealing the taxes until the elections - Government trying to gain political time".

    TA NEA: "5-year 'bomb' for 150,000 women - Across the board increase in retirement ages (for women) in 2013".

    VRADYNI: "Alliances being sought on the national issues and combating illegal migration - Karamanlis' crucial meetings with Zapatero and Berlusconi (the prime ministers of Spain and Italy respectively, with whom Greek prime minister Costas Karamanlis will meet in Madrid on Monday and Rome on Wednesday)".

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