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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-17

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  • [01] PM: Stake is to create a better Greece
  • [02] Samaras on loan repayment extension
  • [03] Istanbul mayor in Athens on Tues.
  • [04] Akrithakis exhibition features famed 'Bar' installation 

  • [01] PM: Stake is to create a better Greece

    (ANA-MPA) -- The country's big stake is to create a different and better Greece," prime minister George Papandreou stressed on Monday, adding that the government's response to this wager is "yes, Greece is changing, will change, and will always be changing", in a greeting to an Information and Communications General Secretariat event for heads of the Greek embassy abroad press offices and directors of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) offices abroad.

    Papandreou recalled that Greece had found itself at a "turning point" at which it had to decide whether to change or not. (ANA-MPA)

    The premier explained that the dilemma concerned not only putting the country's fiscal finances in order which, he noted, was absolutely self-evident and was being achieved with sacrifices and efforts by all the Greeks, but also concerned combating the symptom. (ANA-MPA)

    The present crisis is an opportunity, and it is also necessary to remedy the ailment, the epidemic and the disaster-mongering that the effort is in vain, that the Greeks are unable to shape their own fate and that "others will decide for us", he added. (ANA-MPA)

    "We saved the country from the immediate danger, and it is in our hands to build the Greece of tomorrow with a plan," the premier said, adding that what is sought is "the creation of a radically new model in the direction of social freedom, lawfulness, creativity and progress, with a productive and viable economy, green growth, and a new people-oriented model of collective organisation and operation." (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Samaras on loan repayment extension

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Monday reiterated ND's position on the issue of extension of the repayment period for Greece's 110 billion euros EU/IMF support mechanism loan.

    "Our position is crystal clear. First, extension. Second, simultaneous reduction of the borrowing cost, namely the interest rate. Third, eurobonds," Samaras told waiting reporters upon arrival at the ND local offices in Thessaloniki for a meeting of the party's steering committee. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Istanbul mayor in Athens on Tues.

    (ANA-MPA) -- Athens Mayor George Kaminis will receive his Istanbul Kadir Topbas at the Athens City Hall on Kotzia Square on Tuesday morning.

    Mayor Topbas is heading a city of Istanbul delegation visiting Athens within the framework of cooperation between the two major municipalities.

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    [04] Akrithakis exhibition features famed 'Bar' installation

    (ANA-MPA) -- An exhibition of works by one of the most significant representatives of post-war art in Greece, Alexis Akrithakis (1939-1994), is currently running at the Kalfayan Gallery in Athens through January 29.

    The showcase exhibit is Akrithakis' renowned "Bar", an exceptional historical wooden installation, which belonged to an American collection and recently returned to Greece.

    This is the first exhibition of the historic installation artwork since its initial presentation at the Bernier Gallery in 1981.ana-mpa

    The Akrithakis display is one of the annual exhibitions held by Kalfayan Galleries (Athens and Thessaloniki) dedicated to the most important Greek representatives of Modernism.

    Known for his colorful palette and playful, though sometimes ironic, themes, Akrithakis remains one of the most important figures of post war art in Greece. Largely self-taught, Akrithakis embarked on an intellectual and artistic life that led him from Athens to Paris and then to Berlin in 1968 where he spent some of his most creative and productive years before returning to Athens in 1984.

    Two works in the exhibition are dedicated to his friends, the writer Kostas Tachtsis and the poet and intellectual, George Makris. Akrithakis kept company with intellectuals in Athens and later, in Berlin, through his wife's restaurant, Fofi's, when it became a meeting place for the artistic world of the German capital.ANA-MPA

    A microcosm of archetypal symbols and images of personal experiences flows through his works: flowers and flags, suitcases and bicycles, the heart and the sun come together to create magical worlds in paintings, watercolors and wood constructions. In his tsiki-tsiki drawings, as Tachtsis called them, labyrinthine lines drawn in pen and ink conjure up imaginary worlds in an automatic script. Akrithakis created a visual mythology in which travel and adventure played a major role and the symbols that he used repeatedly -the suitcase, the bicycle, the airplane - evoked a desire for escape that was not only physical but psychological as well.

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