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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-21

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  • [01] Samaras: Memorandum was not a one way path
  • [02] Death of Piraeus mayoral candidate Legakis
  • [03] Reactions to Astakos cancellation
  • [04] NATO chief in Athens
  • [05] Home building cost up
  • [06] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] Samaras: Memorandum was not a one way path

    ANa-MPa/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, addressing, Wednesday evening, an event held by the party's Women's Affairs Secretariat for support for the candidacies of Vassilis Kikilias in the Attica region and Nikitas Kaklamanis in the Athens municipality, sent the message "no more measures."

    Samaras said "it can go no further, something must change, the policy of the memorandum (IMF/EU support mechanism) must change," adding that "the memorandum was not a one-way path and on the contrary the policies of the memorandum lead to a vicious circle of recession, economic paralysis and to even harsher measures that are merely being postponed in light of the local administration elections."

    He accused Prime Minister George Papandreou of "driving the situation to the memorandum and downgraded the country abroad" and that the ruling PASOK "has deceived the Greeks and now it is trying to blackmail them".

    He further called on citizens to send a message to the government through the local administration elections that a different path exists.

    "The opportunity is before us and must not be lost," Samaras stressed and added that "let everyone think how worse things will be if the government can claim tomorrow that its decisions are rewarded, if the government believes that the people agree with the padlocks, with the cutbacks in incomes, with the high cost of living, with unemployment."

    Samaras also pointed out that in the case the government is not decried, harsher measures will come on the day after the elections.

    "We are not simply and only against the memorandum, against the mist and the depression that it is spreading in the country, we are expressors of a different proposal that is condensed in the triptych growth-prospect-hope," the ND leader underlined.

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    [02] Death of Piraeus mayoral candidate Legakis

    ANa-MPa/Piraeus mayoral candidate Nikos Legakis, who headed the SYRIZA-backed "Alliance for Piraeus" ticket, died early Thursday in a hospital in London.

    Legakis, whose ticket is backed by the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance, the Ecologists-Greens party and the Democratic Left party, had left for London on Monday to undergo vascular surgery.

    A surgeon himself, Legakis was a professor at the Athens University School of Medicine, and practiced medicine at the Hippocration Hospital in Athens, the Attikon hospital and the State General Hospital of Nikaia, where he also served as director of the hospital's University Surgery Clinic.

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    [03] Reactions to Astakos cancellation

    ANa-Mpa/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) sector head for development and competitiveness Costis Hatzidakis and sector head for energy and natural resources Michalis Yannakis made a joint statement on Wednesday in reaction to the cancellation of the Qatari investment in Astakos, underlining that the government's jubilation has proven to be premature.

    They also underlined that the government policy on the specific investment was not clear, considering that some of the ministers involved appeared to support its acceleration and others its deceleration.

    On his part, Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary Group President Alexis Tsipras stated that "the prime minister is exposed" and added that "the investment was cancelled because Qatar was reluctant to invest in a project that was unsound both from an environmental point of view and financially".

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    [04] NATO chief in Athens

    ANA-MPa/NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen is due in Athens on Thursday on a one day visit for a series of meetings with top government officials.

    Rasmussen will meet with foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas at the ministry at 1:00 p.m., followed by a lunch in his honor at the Armed Forces Officers' Club.

    In the early afternoon, Rasmussen will be received by prime minister George Papandreou at the Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) at 3:00 p.m.

    The NATO chief will wind up his visit with a meeting with defence minister Evangelos Venizelos at the defence ministry at 4:00 p.m..

    Demonstrations have been planned on Thursday outside parliament to coincide with the NATO secretary general's visit.

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    [05] Home building cost up

    ANA-MPA/Building cost grew in September and in the third quarter of 2010, compared with the corresponding periods last year, the National Statistical Authority said on Wednesday. In a report, the statistics service said the new home building materials' price index rose 3.1 pct in September after a decline of 2.1 pct recorded in September 2009, for an increase of 0.1 pct compared with August 2010. Diesel (32.1 pct), copper pipes (18.4 pct), plastic pipes (11.8 pct) and cement (0.6 pct) recorded the biggest percentage price increases, while brick prices fell 2.9 pct. The new home building cost index rose 1.9 pct in the third quarter this year, compared with the same period in 2009, after a decline of 2.1 pct recorded in the same period last year, the statistics service said. The index was up 0.2 pct compared with the second quarter of 2010.

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    [06] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.52 percent, standing at 1,597.45 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 19.733 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 2.92 percent; and Financial Services, up 1.69 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Media, down 0.47 percent and Construction, down 0.36 percent

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.73 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.15 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.25 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 36 were up, 13 were down, and 27 were unchanged.

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