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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-06-16

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] E.U summit in Thessaloniki
  • [03] Violations of air space aimless and dangerous

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A sunny and hot day is forecast with some cloud developing later in the day in the central and northern parts of the country, bringing local showers and storms. Winds variable light in the Ionian and northerly moderate to strong in the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 26 C to 36 C and in Thessaloniki between 24 C to 34 C.

    (16/6/2003 1:17:00 μμ)

    [02] E.U summit in Thessaloniki

    Greece s E.U rotating presidency edges toward the senior summit to take place on Friday and Saturday in Thessaloniki. Talks will focus on the draft of the first constitution for Europe, the formulation of a single EU foreign policy, illegal immigration and Euro- Atlantic relations, in view of Prime-minister Simitis visit to Washington as current holder of EU rotating Presidency.

    Prime-minister Simitis expressed optimism for the success of the summit and described the draft adopted by the Convention for the future of Europe as basis for substantive discussions at the Thessaloniki summit.

    It is expected that over 100 thousand demonstrators against globalisation will gather in Thessaloniki while 15 thousand policemen and soldiers are on the alert to keep order and deal with any incidents. Over 2000 reporters will cover the summit.

    The Macedonia- Thrace Ministry has seen for the accomodation and transport of tens of thousand of demonstrators from various anti &#8211;globalisation movements.

    In the meantime, in an interview with the Financial Times, Britain s Minister for the European Union, Dennis MacShane said that the vision of a single EU foreign policy, implemented by a central bureaucracy without the consent of all the governments is neither realistic nor desirable.

    (16/6/2003 1:18:00 μμ)

    [03] Violations of air space aimless and dangerous

    Commenting on recent violations of the Greek air space by Turkish jet fighters, Foreign Minister, George Papandreou said that the game of violations of the Aegean air space was aimless and dangerous, stressing that it could lead to a trajic incident involving loss of lives due to mishandlings and end up in escalation of tension between the two countries.

    From Antalia, EU special envoy for Turkey said that Turkey could not meet democratic reforms requested by the EU, unless it took measures to reduce the

    influence of the military leadership on the country s political life. The National Council, the social prestige officers enjoy, the way they manage the army s budget and express their views and opinions are unusual to EU member states he said.

    (16/6/2003 1:19:00 μμ)

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