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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 7 NEWS Varoufakis admits aspiration to become PM ‘It’s a dirty job, somebody has to do it,’ the former Finance Minister tells Turkish television The next Greek elections may not be in sight for at least a year, but Yanis Varoufakis has stepped in to name himself as a contender for the prime ministerial hot seat. The controversial former finance minister of the first Tsipras administration has recently launched his political party, MERA25, an acronym for 'Front of European Realistic Disobedience', the number standing for 2025, the year set as deadline for European Reform to have been achieved, as the mandate of Varoufakis' international initiative DiEM25, out of which his party has spawned. After his resignation from the Finance portfolio in 2015, after the Greek government's decision to back down from its initial antiausterity policy and fully concede to the terms of the bailout program imposed by the country's lenders, Varoufakis has rebranded himself as an anti-austerity campaigner and a very vocal critic of the European Union's political failures and shortcomings. His 'Movement for Democracy in Europe (by) 34-year-old Greek fighter jet pilot killed in crash Captain Giorgos Baltadoros was flying a jet that had been involved in a mission to intercept Turkish jets in the Aegean earlier that day A Greek fighter jet pilot has been killed after his plane crashed into the central Aegean on Thursday. The 34-year-old, identified by the Hellenic Air Force as Captain Giorgos Baltadoros, was preparing to land the single-seated Mirage 2000-5 at the military airport on the island of Skyros when his jet crashed into the sea 10 miles northeast of the coast. Greece's Defence Minister Panos Kammenos took to Twitter to pay tribute to the captain. 2025’ has gained support in France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Lithuania, and the UK, among other EU countries, and been endorsed by intellectual activists such as Canadian journalist and writer Naomi Klein, US linguist professor Noam Chomsky, and British musician Brian Eno. In a recent interview with Turkish state-run news station TRT World, Varoufakis repeated his version of the negotiations process between Greece and the troika on the build-up to the controversial referendum, which resulted in the Greek people dismissing the bailout policies. "When you're representing [a] bankrupt country you need two things in order for your presence at that table to make a difference: you need the support of your people, that we had, and you want the support of your cabinet. That, I did not have," Varoufakis told journalist Imran Garda. "If my prime minister [had] backed my default, we would have changed Europe," he argued and stressed, "I've never felt helpless in Brussels. I've felt helpless in Athens, when I realised that my own comrades had capitulated.” "So the way you're going about this now is to essentially become the prime minister of Greece?" asked the Turkish journalist, to which the firebrand economicsprofessor-turned-politician responded: "It sounds like a nightmare to become the prime minister of Greece, but then again, it's a dirty job, somebody has to do it." Varoufakis' proposals for Greece include public debt restructuring, a tax cut, and the creation of a state-run 'bad bank' to manage household debt and protect debtors from foreclosures. Troops fire warning shots after Turkish helicopter flies near Greek islet Greek troops reportedly fired warning shots, after a Turkish helicopter flew at low altitude around the perimeter of Ro. Situated west of Kastellorizo just a few miles off the Turkish coast, the incident took place on Monday at approximately 11.30 pm. According to reports, the helicopter, said to have been operated by the Turkish coastguard, was deterred by the tracer rounds shot in its direction. The government sought to downplay the incident, saying there was no violation of Greece’s national airspace. Defence Minister Panos Kammenos was in contact A Turkish coastguard helicopter flew around the perimeter of Ro at a low altitude PHOTO: ANHA mocracy's Shadow Defence Minister, Vassilis Kikilias who took to Twitter to express his concern over its failure to provide adequate and prompt details about the incident. with the head of the armed forces throughout the incident, reports Kathimerini. The Defence Ministry said that the troops' conduct adhered to the international rules of engagement, and that Greece continues to refrain from being provocative towards its neighbours, and is simply responding within its capac- ity to do so. "The order to fire the warning shots to force the helicopter to move off came in the context of stepped up surveillance and reaction measures adopted given the increase in tensions with Turkey," a Greek military source told AFP. The ministry came under fire on Tuesday by New De- "It is inconceivable that 12 hours elapsed and the National Defence Ministry had not informed the public of what has happened," he tweeted. According to the Prime Minister’s office the incident was not a major one, though it added that a “night flight with the lights out is part of Turkey’s tactic of provocation from a safe distance which, however, carries the risk of an accident.” PHOTO: OYM.GR "A Greek pilot joins the pantheon of heroes. He fell in the defence of our national sovereignty and territorial integrity," he tweeted. According to Greek de- fence sources, the Mirage Baltadoros was flying was one of the two Greek jets that had been sent on a mission earlier in the day to intercept Turkish jets further east in the Aegean. Despite this however, they said that they did not believe any hostile activity was involved in the crash. Turkey's military has denied any involvement in the crash, claiming that there were no Turkish planes in the area at the time of the incident, reports Haberturk newspaper. No information has been provided as yet as to the possible cause of the crash. The fighter jet pilot killed in a crash on Thursday has been identified as 34-year-old Giorgos Baltadoros. PHOTO: NEWSFISH.GR Albanians largest group to obtain Greek citizenship According to data from the European Union's statistics office Eurostat, the largest group of foreign nationals to obtain Greek citizenship in 2016 were Albanians. They came out on top with 88 per cent, a significant majority compared to the numbers that followed. Second were Ukrainians with 1.5 per cent, and Russians were not far behind with 1.2 per They are followed by Ukrainians and Russians cent. That year, a total of 33,210 people were granted Greek citizenship. European citizenship is proving to be quite popular, with the numbers on the rise. According to Eurostat, approximately 995,000 individuals were granted citizenship from an EU member state, up from 841,000 in 2015.
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