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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-06-12
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastThe day will be sunny, with northerly moderate winds in the Ionian and very strong to gale force in the Aegean. The temperature in Athens will range from 23 to 34C and in Thessaloniki from 21 to 32C.
(12/6/2003 11:41:00 ðì)
 The IMF advises reformsThe last report of the International Monetary Fund that refers to the course and the prospects of the Greek economy advises a fresh reform of the Social Security System and the containment of salaries in the public sector.
It also recommends that measures be taken in the Social Security System so that the fiscal problem that will arise because of the great increase of expenses for pensions in the next decades is dealt with.
At the same time, the international organization urges the government to take measures for a more flexible labour market and the emancipation of markets.
The International Monetary Fund believes that the growth rate of the Greek economy will rise this year to 3.6%, instead of 3.8% as forecasted in the state budget.
(12/6/2003 11:42:00 ðì)
 MRB says ND party ahead of PASOK partyThe main opposition New Democracy party leads ruling PASOK by 8.3 percent in an MRB opinion poll completed on June 3.
Analytically, 38 percent of respondents said they would vote for ND in the next elections, 29.7 percent for PASOK, 5.3 percent for the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), 3.9 percent for the Coalition of the Left, of the Movements and Ecology, 2.5 percent for the Democratic Social Movement (DHKKI), 2.4 for the newly formed party LA.O.S. headed by Parliament deputy George Karatzaferis and 3.4 said they would vote for another party while 14.9 percent answered don't know/won't say.
Besides, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis appears to be ahead of Prime Minister Costas Simitis with a 1.3 percent lead on who would make best premier.
Referring to the recent opinion polls, the government spokesman stated that an especially negative climate for PASOK party ended with this circle, adding that he hoped that things would get better for PASOK.
From his side, New Democracy party MP George Souflias said that New Democracy party's prevalence is being established, while in an interview with NET 105.8, PASOK party MP Charis Kastanides stated that his party should examine why civilians have a negative impression for PASOK's policy and correct it.
At the same time, the Coalition of the Left, of the Movements and Ecology party appears to have an ascending course; development that shows a wider influence of the party's initiatives in the wider area of cooperation of this political spectrum commented the party's spokesman Nikos Vourtsis.
(12/6/2003 11:44:00 ðì)