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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
GREECE 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 Shipping tycoon hires Amal on Greece’s behalf The magnate, who operates in both Athens and London, wishes to preserve his anonymity As Greece makes hopeless efforts for a much-needed bail-out, the return of the Parthenon Marbles stops being a priority. Amal Clooney, though, the high-profile London-based lawyer, has been working on the case since 2011, representing Greece in an endless 'courtship'. Her visit to Athens last October at the initiation of the Greek government, right after her Venice wedding to actor George Clooney, received huge media coverage. Many commentators found it interesting that one of the most esteemed London law firms was receiving legal fees for ensuring the Parthenon Sculptures, owned by the British Museum, find their way back to Greece to be placed in the Acropolis Museum. Konstantinos Tasoulas, a former Greek culture minister who was responsible for handling Greece's claims, confirmed that a Greek shipping magnate, who wishes DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek solar company to invest in Turkey Greek solar energy company Photovoltaic Energy Systems is preparing to invest in renewable energy in Turkey. The company will invest in solar projects in a district of the western city of Edirne, which neighbours Greece, said Kalenteridis Evaggelos. "The company was searching for a place to invest in for some time and settled on the Keşan district as it is an organised industrial zone," Evaggelos said. "The company aims to in- vest in the Thracian region of Turkey at first and then spread projects to the rest of the country." He added that the company will continue to hold production in Komotini. "The company plans to produce in Keşan in the future." The Greek solar energy com- Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney observes a Kore statue during a visit to the Acropolis museum in Athens. PHOTO: REUTERS/YORGOS KARAHALIS. to preserve his anonymity, in a gesture of patriotism, footed the fees on behalf of the Greek government, which deemed the amount of money demanded by Doughty Street Chambers “too extravagant” in the midst of a financial crisis. “The arrangement came immediately after Mrs Clooney and her boss Geoffrey Robertson visited Athens three months ago," Tasoulas stated. "The offer of outside aid al- lowed the Greek government to sidestep a public tender for the work, which would have been controversial for both sides." "The ship owner’s involvement proved pivotal. Ever since, billing fees have been going straight to him," he added. According to Clooney's boss, Geoffrey Robertson, the London lawyers are due to present an estimated 300-page report to the Greek government in the coming weeks. "This opinion will be delivered after March 30, which is the deadline for the United Kingdom to reply to the UNESCO request for it to enter into mediation over the future of the Parthenon Sculptures," Robertson said. "Our fees will be paid by a group of philanthropists at no expense to the Greek people," he explained. The firm's spokesperson also stressed that it would be foolish to scrap this arrangement between the shipping magnate and Mrs Clooney's legal team, “unless the government wants to drop the restitution case altogether”. "After all, it's free publicity and legal advice," he concluded. Merciless Struggle: Alexandra Symeonidou’s personal torture Prominent Greek author Alexandra Symeonidou's autobiographical novel Merciless Struggle has been recently released on Amazon after recent translation into English. Merciless Struggle is Symeonidou's second novel in her selfwritten trilogy which gives readers access deep into the personal torture endured by Symeonidou during and succeeding her marriage with an important Saudi man. Following the trilogy's first novel, Merciless Struggle pursues Symeonidou's life after her escape from Saudi Arabia, from her very first day of return back to Athens and the struggle that followed. A sustainable life was not easy for Symeonidou upon returning to Athens. Returning to Greece pregnant would mean a further 20-year battle with Saudi Arabian authorities, to legitimate the rights of her son and to allow him to remain in Athens with her. Symeonidou describes the novel as an 'odyssey' of the struggles, risks and strengths she endured in order to keep her son in Greece. "I spent almost 20 years of my life, insisting with all my force to finalise my divorce and to protect my son from all the danger of his father," Symeonidou tells Neos Kosmos. The novel, however, is also believed by Symeonidou to be a reflection of her success in not only protecting her son, but in producing almost a ‘magna carta’ of rights for all women who have faced or who are currently facing the same issues. "The book deals with women's rights against a fundamentalist country where I believe the woman's status barely exists." Merciless Struggle is not only a charming ode to the eternal, endless and strengthening force of a mother's love for her child, but also stands as a reinforcement of the importance of women's rights, as well as the importance of the written word as an emotional alleviation of mental trauma caused by a distressing event. pany will operate as a member of Keşan's Chamber of Industry and Trade, Mustafa Helvacıoğlu, chairman of the board, said. "We welcome foreign and domestic investors to our region and are glad to have the Greek company in Keşan," he said, adding that their hope is for investments to continue and projects to increase. Turkey's installed energy capacity is more than 68 gigawatts and the country aims to reach levels of 110 gigawatts by 2023. Additionally, renewables' share in electricity production is targeted to rise to 30 per cent by 2023 by adding 34 gigawatts of hydropower, 20 gigawatts of wind energy, five gigawatts of solar energy and two gigawatts of geothermal and biomass energy. SYRIZA leads by more than 20 per cent over ND in MRB poll The front cover of Merciless Struggle. Ruling coalition partner SYRIZA leads with more than 20 percentage points over main opposition New Democracy (ND) in an opinion poll conducted by MRB on behalf of private TV station Star. According to the survey, when asked "which party would you vote if elections were held next Sunday", 41.3 per cent said SYRIZA and only 19.2 per cent said ND. Third place was To Potami and the Independent Greeks (ANEL) who both received 5.4 per cent, then the Communist Party with 5.3 per cent, Golden Dawn with 5.1 per cent, and PASOK with 2.9 per cent. Another 4.8 per cent said "another party" while 10.6 per cent were undecided. Asked to choose between SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and ND leader Antonis Samaras as best choice for prime minister, 55.1 per cent chose Tsipras and 22.9 per cent chose Samaras. Among the respondents, 18.5 per cent said neither was best suited for premier, while 3.6 per cent answered "someone else, I don't know, I won't answer". In the same survey, about seven in 10 Greeks (69 per cent) believe the coalition government's course so far has been positive, while 24.7 per cent believe the opposite. Another 5.1 per cent said "neither positive nor negative" and 1.2 per cent didn't answer.
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