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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 January 2015
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 JANUARY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Tsipras on track The blue CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Former SA Federal Labor MP Steve Georganas, who met with SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras in Athens last year, said that the election was not "a choice between stability and mayhem, as it's being painted by some people. I think SYRIZA understand the responsibilities of government. "It's more of a choice be- tween the same old belttightening and people suffering, or a new way of negotiating with Europe," said the former member of Hindmarsh. Fellow South Australian, State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, said that whatever the outcome, he hoped Greece would be "the master of its own destiny" and remain in the European Union. "I hope the new parliament can work together for the betterment of the people of the Hellenic Republic." In Victoria, Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou said that the demise of PASOK and George Papandreou's decision to split what is left of the party his father founded was disappointing. "Too many minor parties at this stage threaten political stability and what Greece needs is stability and resolve otherwise its future is bleak, and the future of its young people bleaker still. "I agree with the sentiment that I heard so often said in the streets in Greece ... 'we have to learn to live within our means'.” Ms Vamvakinou added that Greece's continuation in the eurozone was critical to the country's future prosperity. "I do not believe Greece has a positive future if it decided to exit the euro. I believe most Greeks want to remain in the eurozone, despite their outward frustration with Europe and the troika." Newly-elected Victorian MP Philip Dalidakis echoed the sentiment, saying: "As difficult as life seems now, being a member state of the EU provides a number of important trade and cultural protections as well as other advantages." Mr Dalidakis warned that the election would not "provide a quick fix to the systemic problems faced by the Greek economy", and that "only hard work, patience and perseverance can do that". Fellow Labor state member for Oakleigh Steve Di- Former Federal Labor MP Steve Georganas: “It’s more of a choice between the same old belt-tightening and people suffering, or a new way of negotiating with Europe.” SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis: “I hope Greece can be the master of its own destiny and remain in the European Union.” Maria Vamvakinou MP: “I believe most Greeks want to remain in the eurozone, despite their outward frustration with Europe and the troika.” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The Cycladic island of Tinos faced a third difficult day after heavy snowfall disabled much of its infrastructure as well as isolating several villages, prompting the General Secretariat for Civil Protection to declare a state of emergency last Thursday. At least eight villages on island were cut off from access to water and electricity as snow levels reached as high as two metres, while schools and public services remained closed. The Hellenic Navy said it would dispatch a vessel to Tinos to accommodate some of the islanders until water and electricity are restored but remained unclear which of the island's 9,000 or so inhabitants would be given priority. Greece's power grid operator, DEDDHE, sent a crew to Cycladic islands turn white the island on Thursday to repair the damage wreaked on the local network by days of heavy snow and strong winds. Workers initially had problems navigating the rough terrain but according to local reports were gradually restoring the service. With the nearby island of Andros suffering with similar problems, it is likely that a state of emergency will also be declared there. An enduring cold snap left much of the country, including parts of Attica, Crete and many of the Cycladic islands, covered with snow and dozens of schools closed as transport on many roads remained perilous. Several parts of northern Attica remained difficult to access, including Drosia, Dionysos, Varybobi and Thrakomakedones. Amphipolis may reveal Alexander the Great’s DNA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Phillip Dalidakis MP: “The election won’t provide a quick fix to the systemic problems faced by the Greek economy ... only hard work, patience and perseverance can do that.” mopoulos said that above all, Greece's future must be determined by its citizens, rather than powerful forces outside the country. "There has been a vast amount of commentary coming from other countries, as well as international financial institutions, about what the Greek people should do," he said. "I believe only the Greek people are best placed to decide their country's future, without undue interference and influence by external bodies. "The Hellenic people have shown over thousands of years that they have courage and ingenuity and while I am under no illusion there are difficult times still ahead, I'm hopeful that January 25 provides the impetus and the road map that will again bring prosperity." Speaking in Chalkida this week, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that if SYRIZA's policies were applied, Greece would lose all EU funding, including the credit extension from the European Central Bank. Steve Dimopoulos MP: “I believe only the Greek people are best placed to decide their country’s future, without undue interference and influence by external bodies.” Mr Samaras said the party was intent on "discussing from scratch all EU rules, something that cannot be done. Some people are trying to blow up all our achievements". The PM pledged that pensions and wages would not be reduced further and that SYRIZA "serves the interests of those who have become comfortable and of the drachma speculators". Meanwhile in an interview with British media, Alexis Tsipras said if his party came to power Greece would not be forced out of the euro, as the EU "understand that the problem is not a Greek problem ... it's a European problem". "If Greece goes outside Europe, the eurozone … the next day, the markets will try and find who will be the next. And the next is Italy, with 1.9 trillion in euros debt - not like Greece. We have only 350bn." Asked if a SYRIZA government would honour commitments made by Greece to the EU, Mr Tsipras said that he would be obliged to SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras at a rally in Athens last week. PHOTO: EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU. keep the basic commitments which come with the terms of Greece's admission in the EU. "It is not one of the founding principles either of EU or eurozone to implement austerity programs that have already failed. "What we will do is to cancel the programs that are sinking us into recession and renegotiate on a European level the necessary changes that will change the difficult economic situation in Greece and in Europe." Mr Tsipras reiterated that it was not SYRIZA's wish for Greece to leave the eurozone. "Even if we go back to the drachma, we will be faced with a reality where we have to pay salaries in a cheap currency … but rich people will have their money in euros abroad and they will be able to come and buy everything here. "It is not our choice to return to the drachma and we will do whatever is possible to avoid something like this." Additional sources: ANA-MPA/Channel 4 his findings pointed to a very real chance that Amphipolis is Olympias' last resting place. Mr Chugg says the discovery of a skeleton inside the tomb - which can be DNA tested - is a game-changer for identifying the person for who the tomb was built. Scholars have predicted a female occupant because the mosaic uncovered last year shows a woman being led to the underworld. Experts have said that the tomb could also hold the remains of Roxane, Alexander the Great's wife. Both women were put to death by Alexander's general Cassander as he secured the throne of ancient Macedonia. "DNA will not identify Olympias specifically," said Mr Chugg, "but it will discriminate easily between Olympias and Roxane. "It is also the blueprint for the individual. It tells you a lot about their gender, appearance and ancestry. If it is Olympias, then this will be tantamount to having the DNA of Alexander himself." Mr Chugg, who has made a number of successful predictions as the Amphipolis tomb has been revealed (such as the presence of a Persephone character in the tomb's mosaic) says that analysis of the bones - including carbon dating - will confirm gender and Detail from a mosaic uncovered in the Amphipolis tomb depicting the abduction of underworld goddess Persephone. PHOTO: AFP/MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GREECE age, and that tooth enamel tests will provide further information on the deceased's life. "If it is a woman in her fifties that will confirm that it is Olympias, subject to the archaeologists having got the dating of the tomb right, and all indications are that they have. "If the occupant is Olympias, then that will be a large part of the DNA of Alexander. It is tantamount to finding his body, and would make this the most important archaeological discovery since Tutankhamun." Media in Greece have reported that the Greek Ministry of Culture will make an announcement concerning the identity of the tomb's occupant on January 20.
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