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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-19

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader meets Brazilian officials, president Rousseff
  • [02] PM Samaras addresses Konrad Adenauer Foundation opening event

  • [01] SYRIZA leader meets Brazilian officials, president Rousseff

    AMNA -- Greece's main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, was received here on Wednesday by the President of the Republic of Brazil Dilma Vana Rousseff.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Tsipras was accompanied by Eurodeputy Nikos Hountis, as well as Yiannis Dragasakis, an Athens B' constituency deputy and head of the party's Economic Policy and Programme Committee.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The SYRIZA delegation met earlier with the country's Defence Minister Celso Amorim, Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Brazil Marco Aurélio Garcia and the Parliament's speaker.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Amorim, a former foreign minister, expressed his wish for a further development of relations between Greece and Brazil. Foreign Minister Patriota expressed opposition to "austerity policies and the reduced political sightedness accompanying them".amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Tsipras, on his part noted that the interest for Latin America is not only related to the fact that it is a "social laboratory of a meta-neoliberal policy" but also because there are great margins for further enhancement of economic cooperation between Latin American countries and Greece. amna mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; Tsipras, heading a party delegation, departs on Thursday for Argentina.

    [02] PM Samaras addresses Konrad Adenauer Foundation opening event

    ÁMNA -- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed an event on Wednesday evening inaugurating the re-opening of the Athens Offices of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.- KAS), organised jointly by the KAS and the Constantine Karamanlis Institute at the new Acropolis Museum.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; In his address, the prime minister welcomed what he said "not the opening, but the return" to Greece of the Adenauer Foundation, as it operated in Greece in the 1980's but closed down in 1993. Its presence now expands to more than 120 countries worldwide. amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Samaras referred extensively to Konrad Adenauer, who was German chancellor from 1949 to 1963, and to German politician Gustav Stresemann, who served as a chancellor in 1923 for three and a half months, and then held the post of Germany's foreign minister, sharing a Nobel peace prize with his French counterpart Aristide Briand, in 1926. amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The Adenauer Foundation marks "the upgrading of a vital political dialogue between Greece and Germany, touching beyond current affairs to principles and values", Samaras noted.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The foundation's current chairman is the former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Summing up his speech, the Greek premier said: "It's been said –even since the Roman times- that we Greeks are a history-producing people, and so we tend to disregard other people's history. It is exactly this argument that I tried to refute today. Yes, we are proud of our history for our history, but we do learn from other people's histories, especially from leaders who managed to turn ruins into strength, self-confidence and pride for their countries, like Gustav Stresemann and Konrad Adenauer… Mr. Pöttering I again welcome you in Greece and we thank you very much for your presence here."amna

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