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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2015 23 NEWS Greek elections are on a knife edge Greece's main opposition New Democracy party would get 25.3 per cent of the total vote if elections were held now, leading for the first time over former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipra's SYRIZA party, which would get 25 per cent of the vote, however, according to an intention poll by GPO broadcast on Mega TV. No party would get enough votes for an outright majority in the next parliament, according to all surveys published so far, meaning that Europe's most indebted state could face thorny coalition talks after the ballot. Those could have the effect of delaying or derailing the implementation of its bailout clauses. SYRIZA would get 23 per cent of the total vote if elections were held now, compared with 22.6 per cent for the main opposition party, New Democracy, a votingintentions survey by Alco published on Newsit.gr website shows. The far-right Golden Dawn party polls at third place with 6.1 per cent, while the probailout River and PASOK parties would get just over 4 per cent each if elections were held now, according to Alco. Independent Greeks, the junior coalition partner in Tsipras' last government, doesn't get enough votes to elect lawmakers, the poll shows. Popular Unity, a party founded by former SYRIZA lawmakers who revolted against Tsipras' decision to strike a bailout agreement with creditors, would get 3.9 per cent of the vote, while 14 per cent of respondents in Alco's survey said they are undecided. The company, which polled 1,000 adults between 31 August and 2 September, said Tsipras' lead has narrowed to 0.4 points, from 1.5 points, in its previous survey, which was released on 28 August. "The outcome is, at best, likely to be another patchedup coalition government that will soon struggle to deliver on governance and stability," Wolfango Piccoli, managing director at Teneo Intelligence said in a note to clients on Tuesday. "In the worst-case scenario, an inconclusive outcome could force the country to undergo another election before year-end." Images harder to ignore than words CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 To this argument, one can raise the thousands of bloodstained photos of decapitated and shot to death children from Syria, which in an 'equally disrespectful' manner have been surfing the media. No matter how exposed to the obscene we are, we still manage to rationalise our horror and let it go. We have seen so many depictions of violence that we have somewhat become desensitised. Aylan's tiny body, however, lying peacefully 'asleep' on one of Bodrum's most popular sandy resorts did spread sentiment around the globe. Within hours, pity and sadness were succeeded by anger and repugnance. This dead child's image, though, is hardly gruesome or revulsive in a literal sense. What is disturbing about his photo is probably how much it touches home, whilst being one swim away from Europe's doorstep. Perhaps our aversion to this 'politically-incorrect' portrayal of reality stems from how difficult Aylan has made it to keep turning our backs on his plight. Perhaps he bears more resemblance to our safe western world children than we can handle. Would his father's voice describing how the sea swallowed his family have the same impact on social media? Probably not. Hours after the powerful photographs emerged, many conservative backbenchers began to urge Australia and the US to accept more refugees. European Union leaders announced they will convene at an emergency summit on 14 Abdullah Kurdi, 40, father of Syrian boys Aylan, 3, and Galip, 5, who were washed up drowned with his wife Rehan, cries as he waits for the delivery of their bodies outside a morgue in Mugla, Turkey. AP PHOTO/MEHMET CAN MERAL. September to process, identify and aid the thousands of migrants entering the continent. Aylan's perilous journey towards the European Promised Land came to an end in Bodrum. Meanwhile, his photograph continues to travel spreading a powerful message. How we choose to decipher it, and whether it will reach its destination, is another matter. Humanity washed ashore Troubling image of drowned boy captivates, horrifies Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a vote in parliament in Athens, on 14 August. GREEK HEADLINES AVGHI: NEW DEMOCRACY LEADER EVANGELOS MEIMARAKIS: ‘USELESS’ CLEANERS, TEACHERS, SCHOOL GUARDS DIMOKRATIA: SUFFOCATION FROM UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND? ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: TRIPLE SHOCK FOR ALEXIS TSIPRAS WHO IS PLAYING ‘HIDE AND SEEK’ TIFESTIA: DEBT RELIEF ON ITS WAY IMERISIA: 63,000 SMALL ENTERPRISES IN THE RED KATHIMERINI: ‘GAPS’ AT SCHOOLS UNTIL DECEMBER KONTRA NEWS: NEW FRAUD FROM MEGA TV. NEW DEMOCRACY FIRST PARTY AND ITS LEADER EVANGELOS MEIMARAKIS PREFERRED PRIME MINISTER NAFTEMPORIKI: FOREIGN ENFIA (UNIFORM REAL ESTATE OWNERSHIP TAX) ETHNOS: NECK AND NECK FIGHT FOR THE THIRD POSITION PHOTO: YORGOS KARAHALIS/BLOOMBERG. An image of a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts swept across social media after at least 12 presumed Syrian refugees died trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. More than 230,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece by sea this year, a huge rise from 17,500 in the same period in 2014, according to deputy shipping minister Nikos Zois More than 80 per cent of the arrivals, recorded by the coastguard, are refugees eligible for political asylum, he added. "It's an exponential rise - I don't know how anyone could prepare for it," Zois told a press conference. The picture that captivated the world showed a little boy wearing a bright red T-shirt and shorts lying face-down in the surf on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum. In a second image, a grim-faced key's Aegean coast this summer to board boats to Greece, their gateway to the European Union. Aid agencies estimate that, over the past month, about 2,000 people a day have been making the short crossing to Greece's eastern islands on rubber dinghies. A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a migrant child, lifting it from the seashore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, Turkey. PHOTO:AP/DH. policeman carries the body away. Turkish media identified the boy as 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose 5-year-old brother died on the same boat. Media reports said he was from the north Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border, the scene of heavy fighting between Islamic State insurgents and Kurdish regional forces a few months ago. The hashtag ‘KiyiyaVuranInsanlik’ - ‘humanity washed ashore’ - became the top trending topic on Twitter. In the first few hours after the accident, the image had been retweeted thousands of times. The two boats, carrying a to- tal of 23 people, had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula, a senior Turkish naval official said. The confirmed dead included five children and one woman. Seven people were rescued and two reached the shore in life jackets. The official said hopes were fading of saving the two people still missing. The army said its search and rescue teams had saved hundreds of migrants in the seas between Turkey and Greek islands over the last few days. Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland have descended on Tur- Meanwhile, asylum seekers have scuffled with riot police, while others threw themselves onto train tracks and fled as authorities tried to take them to a reception centre in Hungary, attempting to end a standoff that has become symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point. Riot police ordered them off, but many asylum seekers resisted, laying on the railway line or fleeing. Some wrestled with police, trying to get back on board. With the government promising to close the country off to migrants by September 15, chaos broke out after a train bound for Hungary's border with Austria was stopped some 35 kilometres outside of Budapest in the town of Bicske, where Hungary has an asylum seeker reception centre.
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