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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 January 2015
GREECE 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 2015 Conservatives can guarantee the country’s European course Samaras’ pre-election promise in order to win the conservative voters Prime Minister Antonis Samaras cast New Democracy as a Europe-oriented party, following leftist SYRIZA's overture toward the Communist Party (KKE), as the conservative pre-election campaign shifts its focus to the centre ground and undecided voters. On a visit to Peristeri, a working-class district in western Athens, Samaras hailed two late statesman - conservative Constantine Karamanlis and socialist Andreas Papandreou - for securing Greece's position in Europe and pointed to ND's recent coalition with PASOK and Democratic Left, which he called "an unprecedented alliance for Greece which was realised precisely due to that common denominator called Europe". The conservatives hope to capitalise on the fact that cadres of leftist SYRIZA, which is still leading in opinion polls, have been inconsistent on key issues including taxation and potential alliances. One encouraging detail for ND, according to sources, is that polls show most undecided voters wavering between a choice of ND, centrist party The River and PASOK, not between ND and SYRIZA. Samaras said the choice for voters was not one of parties. "On January 25, we are not choosing which party we want, we are deciding which Greece we want us and our children to live in." Samaras, who was jeered by residents in Peristeri, said he understood people's anger. "But I know that people who have gotten wet don't also want to drown." In PASOK's camp a row be- tween leader Evangelos Venizelos and former premier George Papandreou continued to simmer. Venizelos expressed surprise at Papandreou's claim that he was unseated as PASOK leader in 2011. Venizelos said Papan- dreou had intended to propose him as a candidate for interim premier, a role eventually assumed by Lucas Papademos. "Between Petsalnikos and Papademos, he phoned me and said he would propose me as prime minister," Venizelos said, referring to former Parliament Speaker Filippos Petsalnikos. "Would he propose as PM the person who unseated him?" he said. Source: Kathimerini Probe sheds light on Xeros partner Store employees said woman, 22, sought to buy chemical used in bomb making Counterterrorism officers have been closely examining a handful of witness accounts detailing the alleged efforts of a 22-year-old woman, believed to have been an accomplice to November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros, to procure large quantities of chemicals that are used in bomb making. According to the testimony of two employees of a chemical wholesale store in Nea Halkidona, north of Athens, a woman matching the de- Christodoulos Xeros after his arrest. scription of the suspect, who has been identified by police as Angeliki Sp., attempted to purchase a large quantity of nitromethane, a fuel which is used in motorsports and hobbies but can also be combined with other chemicals to construct bombs. The woman claimed she wanted the chemical for her uncle who builds toy models, according to the two shop attendants, who did not sell her the product. They said her hair seemed lighter than in the police identity card photo made public earlier this month. The 22-year-old eventually procured the chemical from a store in Piraeus, according to sources. Another valuable deposition is that of a warehouse owner in Aspropyrgos, west of Athens, who provided investigators with details about another suspected accomplice of Xeros. The man - identified as Apostolos P., a 55-year-old resident of Koropi - rented the warehouse in Aspropyrgos as well as Xeros' hideout in Loutraki, Kathimerini understands. Following the arrest late on Tuesday of two suspected Xeros accomplices, a 54-yearold former police officer and a 37-year-old Albanian convict, investigators have established that the latter got to know jailed members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire while serving time for robbery and other crimes in Korydallos Prison. Source: Kathimerini Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM GREEK HEADLINES AVGHI: TA NEA: SYRIZA-PODEMOS code ESTIA: The hour of judgement. ETHNOS: The next day’s chessboard. IMERISSIA: Torpedo to the revenues. KATHIMERINI: Political repercussions to the economy. Global event NAFTEMPORIKI: State revenues collapsed. RIZOSPASTIS: No tolerance to government that offer a helping hand to the system. CAC Council approves visitations to four shipwrecks The underwater archeological sites are located near the Sporades and Western Pagasetic Gulf The Central Archeological Council of Greece has approved a study regarding the possibility of allowing visitations to four shipwrecks near the Sporades and Western Pagasetic Gulf. This development aims to promote diving tourism and take advantage of Greece's underwater treasures. According to the study, the four archeological sites are: The shipwreck near Peristera Island (Alonissos), which has been dated to the fifth century BC and features two layers of amphorae. The plundered Byzantineera shipwreck near Kikynthos, which has been dated between the ninth and 13th century AD thanks to ceramics. The Byzantine-era shipwreck near the Akra Glaros area, where another shipwreck may also be hidden. The shipwreck near Tilegra- fos, which dates back to the fourth century AD. The ministerial plan regarding visitations to the underwater archeological sites stipulates that visitors may be guided up to a depth of 40 metres, under the supervision of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. While amateur photography is permitted, there is a strict ban on any form of intervention in the seabed or scattered items.
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