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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-24

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  • [01] PM: Effort for country will continue
  • [02] Samaras accuses PM of 'pseudo-dilemma'

  • [01] PM: Effort for country will continue

    Prime minister George Papandreou affirmed that the effort to save and reform the country will be completed, speaking in Alexandroupolis on Sunday, adding that Greece was at a "crossroads" for "exiting from the economic crisis but also the wider crisis of institutions, a social, ethical and political crisis", adding that the support mechanism for the Greek economy serves as a "shield that is held up by our EU partners on the one side and by us on the other" and that

    He also called on the Greek people to send a message "inside and outside the country" by voting for the candidates that can serve the new concept of local administration and the Kallikratis program in the November 7 local government elections.

    Calling the EU support mechanism for the Greek economy a shield that his held up the country's EU partners on the one end and by Greece itself on the other, he stressed that the aim is for country to hold up the shield entirely on its own, without "lending powers", and exit the economic surveillance the soonest possible.

    The premier added, however, that the shield must not be put down too early, before the country is ready to face the global economy solely on its own power.

    This, he said, "means that the time is now for the major changes in our country" so that the effort will not go to waste.

    In an article appearing in the Sunday issue of To Vima newspaper, Papandreou stressed the significance of the November 7 vote, saying that the local government elections "acquire an even deeper political content" in which the citizens will give a clear-cut indication of where they want the country to go.

    "We have already traversed a great distance from the brink of the cliff we had found ourselves, but the effort has not ended. The alert has not ended," he said.

    Papandreou said that 2011 will be the "second critical half-time and the last year of recession", and assured that the Memorandum will be adhered to, but stressed that there will be no further burden placed on salary and pension earners, nor any new increase in tax rates.

    The target, he continued, is for Greece to have "positive rates of healthy growth", and for 2013 to be "the final year of implementation of the Memorandum".

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    [02] Samaras accuses PM of 'pseudo-dilemma'

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras accused prime minister George Papandreou of trying to put the "pseudo-dilemma" of "Papandreou or bankruptcy" to the people, speaking in Kyparissia on Sunday in the first stop of a two-day tour of Messinia prefecture ahead of the November 7 local administration elections.

    Samaras said the country is at a stage where "the messages are crystal clear".

    "Mr. Papandreou is trying to pass the message, the new pseudo-dilemma, of 'Papandreou or bankruptcy," Samaras said, accusing the premier of "forgetting that the bankruptcy of development, the annihilation of shops and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), the 'bleeding' of the low salary and wage earners has been brought on by himself with his Memorandum policy," the ND leader charged.

    "But the Greek people know," he stressed, adding that "the message will be crystal clear because, in elections, the people do not receive messages, they send messages."

    "And the message will be clear: change policy, enough is enough," he added.

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