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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-01

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greek unemployment eases to 24.6% in Nov 2015, Eurostat
  • [02] ND's Mitsotakis: Refugee crisis in Greece out of control
  • [03] Greece turns down invitation to participate in police chiefs meeting in Belgrade on borders issue

  • [01] Greek unemployment eases to 24.6% in Nov 2015, Eurostat

    Greek unemployment rate eased to 24.6 pct of the workforce in November 2015, slightly from 24.7 pct in October, Eurostat announced on Tuesday.

    In a report released in Brussels, the EU executive's statistic service said the unemployment rate in the Eurozone was 10.3 pct in January 2016, from 10.4 pct in December, the lowest level since August 2011. In the EU-28, the unemployment rate was 8.9 pct, down from 9.0 pct in December, the lowest level since May 2009.

    The unemployment rate was 11.3 pct in the Eurozone and 9.8 pct in the EU in January 2016.

    There were 21.78 million people unemployed in the EU and 16.64 million unemployed in the Eurozone in January.

    Greece (24.6 pct) and Spain (20.5 pct) recorded the highest unemployment rates in the EU, while Germany and Czech Republic (4.5 pct), Malta and the UK (5.1 pct) the lowest unemployment rates.

    There were 1.18 million unemployed people in Greece. The unemployment rate among young people was 48 pct in Greece, down from 48.3 pct in October. Spain (45 pct), Croatia (44.1 pct) and Italy (39.3 pct) also recorded high unemployment rates among young people.

    [02] ND's Mitsotakis: Refugee crisis in Greece out of control

    Main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking at the party's parliamentary group on Tuesday, lashed out at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

    "The refugee issue is out of control, the situation is even more tragic, the economy is sustained with external means, society is boiling, nothing is moving forward, the country is close to zero," he said, adding: "The only one who sees things differently is the person who led the country to that situation. Tsipras' interview on Monday was revealing and worrying. Mr Tsipras has lost control when the country needs to be governed."

    He also said he is in favour of the political leaders' meeting so that a national policy to reduce the harm being done on the country is drafted.

    "We are working with all our strength to restore the prestige of the country. The government needs to get serious and agree on Friday on an efficient action plan to address the crisis," he added.

    [03] Greece turns down invitation to participate in police chiefs meeting in Belgrade on borders issue

    Greece did not accept the invitation to participate in the second meeting of police chiefs of the five Balkan countries, Fyrom, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria, that is held on Tuesday at Belgrade on the issue borders issue.

    The first meeting was held in Zagreb on February 18.

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had condemned this initiative as unilateral and outside the institutions, clarifying that its decisions violated the agreement at the recent European Summit on the borders issue.

    Greece clearly turned down the invitation which could indirectly 'make legal' the previous meeting in Zagreb.


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