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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 25 GREECE ATHENS DAILIES AT A GLANCE AVGHI: Greece on the big chessboard. AXIA: In Varoufakis’ (Yanis, finance minister) ... mind. DIMOKRATIA: Hidden surcharges. EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Gas and sympathy. ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: Secrets and traps in 2015 tax statement. ESTIA: Policy of high risk. ETHNOS: What the new cooperation way with Moscow is hiding. IMERISIA: Hours of responsibility, time runs out, coffers running empty. KATHIMERINI: Measured steps in Moscow. KONTRA NEWS: Russian money for major projects in Greece. NAFTEMPORIKI: Message to Brussels from Athens via Moscow. RIZOSPASTIS: The calvary for the people will continue... TA NEA: Hydrocarbons treasure. Putin Returns NaziLooted icon to Greek prime minister President Vladimir Putin has presented Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with an ancient Greek icon that had been looted decades earlier, during the Nazi occupation of Greece. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Putin personally gave Tsipras the icon, which depicts Saint Nicholas and Saint Spyridon, following their talks at the Kremlin on Wednesday. Peskov said the icon was stolen by a Nazi officer when Greece was under German occupation during World War II, and had recently been purchased from the officer's descendants by an unnamed Russian man. News of the icon's return broke as the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, prepares to host the relics of St George, which hail from Greece's Mount Athos. Metron Analysis poll gives SYRIZA strong lead over New Democracy SYRIZA, the leading par- ty in Greece's ruling coalition, has a strong lead of more than 20 percentage points over main opposition New Democracy among voters, according to a Metron Analysis poll for the newspaper Parapolitika, unveiled on Thursday. Of those participating, 38.1 per cent said they would vote for SYRIZA and 17.4 per cent for ND, in response to the question: "How would you vote if elections were held next Sunday?" The opposition Potami party came third with 6.3 per cent, followed by Golden Dawn with 4.6 per cent, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 4.2 per cent, PASOK with 3.6 per cent, junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) with 3.2 per cent, the Union of Centrists (Enosi Kentroon) with 1.8 Russia to assist Greece If the two move forward on joint energy projects, Putin says Russia's president Vladimir Putin says his country would consider making loans to Greece if the two countries move forward on joint energy projects. During what was seen by some as a provocative visit by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow, the two leaders discussed working together on a planned gas pipeline through Turkey into southern Europe. per cent, the Movement of Democratic Socialists with 1.5 per cent and 'Other Parties' with 2.8 per cent. Of the remaining participants, 5.1 per cent said they would cast a blank or spoiled vote, 4.9 per cent said they would abstain, 4.8 per cent said they were undecided and 1.7 per cent declined to answer. In reply to the question "are you in favour of the country remaining in the eurozone or in favour of returning to the drachma", 82 per cent were in favour of remaining in the euro, 14 per cent favoured returning to the drachma and 4 per cent did not answer. Current premier Alexis Tsipras was chosen by 52 per cent as most suitable for prime minister, sailing ahead of ND leader Antonis Samaras with 16 per cent. The survey was conducted on April 2-4. Mr Putin said in the context of that kind of project, Russia could make loans to Greece. "We discussed cooperation in various sectors of the economy, including the possibility of implementing major energy projects, and the situation may arise which would enable us not only to provide loans for some of the plans we discussed today, but also to deal with credit issues in a broader context," Mr Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speak during a signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow. Mr Tsipras did not ask Mr Putin for a financial bailout but defended his decision to travel to Moscow, saying Greece was a sovereign country which had a right to pursue deals to help it out of its current crisis. "Greece is a sovereign country that over the past years has been facing a difficult economic situation," he said. "Because of the programs implemented in the past five years, it has lost much of its economic power but it hasn't lost its geopolitical dynamism. "I'll repeat that it's a sovereign country, it has a right to use this dynamism and move forward." Greece is due to make a repayment of more than $600 million euros to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but money is running out. The country is trying to convince its IMF and European Union creditors that it has done enough in the way of reforms to unlock more bailout funds. A decision on the package is expected later this month and there had been suggestions the Greek leader could snub Brussels for a bailout and turn instead to Russia. But a bailout from Moscow Pay for the crimes Greece says Germany owes it nearly $400b A dispute between Germany and Greece over World War Two reparation claims has added to tensions between the two countries over Athens' bailout repayments and the pace of its economic reforms. Greece's deputy finance minister claimed that Ger- many owed Greece nearly 279 billion euros (400 billion Australian dollars) in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country in the 1940s. Germany was quick to dismiss the claims - its economy minister called them "stupid" - and stressed it had already settled its reparations to Greece in a postwar agreement. Bavaria's Conservative state finance minister chimed in, calling Greece's demands "inappropriate" and "not very clever". "This issue should not be exploited to explain possible budget deficits in Greece. Also, it comes across as inappropriate and is in my view entirely wrong as a strategy. The German government has said that it views the issue as closed," said Markus Soeder, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Demo- crats Union (CDU). Tens of thousands of civilians were killed by German troops when they conquered Greece during World War Two. The massacre of Distomo, a central Greek village where more than 200 civilians were killed in 1944, is a particularly painful memory. Greece's justice minister has threatened to seize German state-owned property in compensation for the war crimes. was never going to be possible, according to Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor of the magazine Russia in Global Affairs. "The amount of money Greece would need to get free from the current dependency is so enormous no-one can provide it," he said. "Russia certainly not because Russia is not in the best economic shape." EU sanctions approved by Greece are still in place against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. Counter measures which have badly hit Greek exports to Russia also still stand.
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