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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-17

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  • [01] Samaras: PM incompetent in managing crisis
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras: PM incompetent in managing crisis

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras renewed his attack on prime minister George Papandreou on Sunday, accusing him of incompetence in management of the economic crisis, and criticising him for the situation prevailing in Greece, during an address to the ND Political Committee held at the Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF), adding that next month's local government elections were critical.

    Samaras said that ND's backing was on the rise because the people feel betrayed, because PASOK made unbelievable mistakes, and livid, because unbearable sacrifices are being imposed.

    Samaras challenged Papandreou to give a "clear-cut reply on whether the extension of the repayment period of the (EU-IMF) loan will also mean extension of the Memorandum withy even harsher measures".

    The main opposition leader anticipated that the government will go ahead with even harsher measures immediately after the local administration elections, and called on the Greek people to force PASOK to change course.

    In a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday, Samaras stressed that the great majority of the Greek people no longer consider the Memorandum as "inevitable" or the only way out, or even that it will save the country.

    "The trend against the Memorandum is now a majority and growing," he said in an interview with the Sunday newspaper 'RealNews'.

    Samaras also rejected any discussion of a national unity government comprising all the parties represented in parliament, questioning "what kind of 'unity' can there be between those who consider the Memorandum the 'only way' and those who are trying to rid the country of the Memorandum as soon as possible?"

    "The 'welding' of such opposite policies is not 'national unity', it is the search for accessories before the shipwreck," Samaras said, stressing that "we do not want to be accessories, we want to avert the shipwreck."

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    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The economy and speculation of new austerity measures were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Sunday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The (Athens) coastal zone a Greek Riviera? - As the government preannounces ambitious plans".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Expanses belonging to building cooperatives to revert to the State - The upsets being brought by the law on forest maps".

    AVGHI: "Emirate of Greece".

    AVRIANI: "The political scenery collapsing with a roar".

    CHORA: "Six+2 regions will be won by New Democracy" in Novembers local government elections".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The elections elect...Anti-Memorandum - Three opinion polls clear up the political message of the local administration elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Storm of taxes caused by increase in objective values of real estate".

    ETHNOS: "Shock reductions in incomes - The government's final decisions affecting 1 million working people".

    KATHIMERINI: "We don't know who are receiving benefits - The General State Accounts office's serious suspicions that the cutbacks in civil servants' salaries were rebated with a different formula (overtime or benefits)".

    LOGOS: "Cuts in incomes of pensioners who are working - Suspension of pension for retirees below 55 years of age".

    PROTO THEMA: "15 percent additional taxes each year, with Memorandum no. 2, up to 2016".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Vote for the popular rally tickets - Defeat PASOK, ND, reinforce the KKE".

    NIKI: "10 AEI and TEI (university and technical colleges) pulling down the shutters - Uproar in higher education".

    TO VIMA: "We were shouting, but you were not listening - Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker gives explanations to To Vima".

    VRADYNI: "Labor relations: Big upsets - How the individual labor agreements will be made - The Troika's new demands".

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