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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 June 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018 19 GREECE Twelve suspects in total identified with links to Boutaris attack The latest is a 22-year-old local who will face charges of verbal assault and disturbing the peace As the days pass, authorities are quickly identifying more suspects with a connection to the attack carried out against Thessaloniki's mayor Yiannis Boutaris. The twelfth suspect, a 22-year-old local, was identified last Saturday. They will face charges of verbal assault and disturbing the peace. The mob attack took place on Saturday 19 May on Remembrance Day during commemorations for the Pontian genocide at Thessaloniki's White Tower. Mr Boutaris was verbally abused and told to leave the event, before being attacked with bottles. After falling to the ground, he was then kicked in the head and all over his body, resulting in the 75-yearold being hospitalised. Last week three other suspects aged between 20 and 34 were detained by police and charged. The two younger men, aged 20 and 21, were identified through videos taken at the site of the incident. They are shown kicking and smashing the windows of Mr Boutaris' car and as a result will be charged with aggravated damages. Meanwhile on Wednesday, three men were charged over the assault and found guilty by a court. Two of the suspects received suspended jail sentences, and the third was offered to buy out his sentence for a charge of five euros per day. Greek and FYROM foreign ministers reach an agreement The foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Y goslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) reached an agreement on Monday ending the main round of negotiations that might put an end to the decadeslong dispute between the two countries on the latter's name, with the final stage of talks to be led b the countries' prime ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev. "We two foreign ministers have completed the task given to us by our respective PMs," Nikos Kotzias said to the press after a meeting he had with his FYROM counterpart Nikola Dimitrov in Brussels on the sidelines of a European Union meeting. "[In upcoming meetings] The mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris (C) is aided after being attacked during Remembrance Day. PHOTO: AAP VIA EPA/STR Parents arrested on Leros, accused of sexually abusing their children A couple have been arrested on charges of sexually abusing their daughter, 14, and son aged 8 A couple on the Greek island of Leros have been arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. The pair have been accused of abusing their daughter, 14, and their eight-year-old son. According to reports, it was hospital staff who brought the matter to police's attention after the daughter was admitted to hospital suffering heavy bleeding from the genital region. It is believed the parents had been sexually abusing their children for years. While it is uncertain as to whether anybody was aware of what was happening, the island community is known to be tightly-knit, and so nobody had contacted the relevant authorities. The father of the two children has reportedly admitted to the crimes. we will continue negotiations to resolve technnical and legal issues that need to be clarified. After that, the documents that have been drafted at a ministerial level will be delivered to the two prime ministers who will discuss between themselves and reach a final deal." Tsipras and Zaev were to have a telephone discussion on Thursday, crucial to the possibility of a solution being found by a 28 June EU summit meeting, which would see Zaev invited to begin talks for FYROM to enter the EU, under its new name. Another invitation awaits the FYROM PM for 11 and 12 July, when his country will participate in the NATO summit meeting. The EU's Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov (centre right) and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Kotzias (R). PHOTO: ESKINDER DEBEBE/THE UNITED NATIONS VIA AP expressed her satisfaction for the progress made by Kotzias and Dimitrov, while a spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry urged Athens to take advantage of a "historic opportunity" for an agreement that will have a "positive effect on bilateral relations as well as on regional stability." All this depends on the outcome of Tsipras and Zaev's scheduled telephone discussion on Thursday, which will probably result in a new meeting between them to take place within the next 10 days in Prespes, near the two countries' borders. Although the name that the two foreign ministers have agreed upon has not been disclosed, it is rumoured to be 'Republika Severna Makedonija' (Republic of North Macedonia). This marks a compromise for both countries; Greece has reportedly campaigned for 'Gorna Makedonija (Upper Macedonia), while FYROM had insisted on 'Nova Makedonija'. Both names remain on the table, according to various sources, while many other issues remain to be resolved; it is rumoured that Greece has agreed to the country using the abbreviation MK internationally, and also on its language being called 'Macedonian'. More important is whether FYROM will agree to the new name being used erga omnes – i.e. both within the No more stashed cash for Greeks The increase in bank deposits is believed to be due to the influx of new capital The tide has turned for one of the most persistent narratives of the Greek crisis. For most of the past eight years, it was largely assumed that Greek people have been stashing their savings in their homes, for fear of Grexit at first, and then as a result of the capital controls, and it turns out that part of it may be true. This is at least implied by a continuous increase in bank deposits. According to Bank of Greece data, for the 10th PHOTO: THEPRESSPROJECT straight month, term deposits rose in April, and increased by over three billion euros in the 10-month period. At the same time, there was an increase in deposits in current accounts, albeit to a lesser degree, as they rose by €1.78bn. This increase is believed to be due to the influx of new capital; the greatest part of last year's increase had come to the banks from the liquidation of investments in mutual funds abroad, which were made in the six month period prior to the imposition of capital controls in June 2015, and have been brought back to Greece by December 2017. As for the recent new deposits, they are believed to mostly come from cash placed in bank safety deposit boxes or stashed elsewhere. country and in its international relations, but also to change parts of its constitution, something that Greece has set as a prerequisite. Dimitrov said that this is not a decision for him to make, so the matter will be resolved between Tsipras and Zaev, during the final part of the negotiations in Prespes. If this happens, then Greece will send letters to NATO and the EU, calling off the veto it has raised in both organisations regarding FYROM's membership. In any case, the final agreement has to be ratified by the Greek parliament, but more importantly, it has to pass through a referendum in FYROM.
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