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Gov't nominates Defence Minister Avramopoulos as Greece's new commissioner

Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos is the coalition government's final choice for Greece's commissioner in the new European Commission.

POLITICS

The Government Vice President, Foreign Minister and leader of PASOK party Evangelos Venizelos commented on the Sunday edition of "Ethnos" newspaper, that "...a fundamental condition for sketching a road map to a definitive exit from the crisis is to now respect and develop that message [of the need for political balance] which implies respect towards the country's institutions, of which the top is the President of the Republic".

POLITICS

Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades is expected in Athens on Monday for a two-day visit that will include talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the Cyprus News Agency said on Sunday.

ECONOMY

The annual rate of total credit extended to the domestic private sector stood at -3.5% in June, unchanged compared to the previous month, the Bank of Greece said on Friday.The central bank, in a monthly report, said that the net flow of total credit to the domestic private sector was negative, amounting to 324 million euros (June 2013: negative net flow of 212 million).

GENERAL

The two sailing boats which participated in an open-sea protest on Saturday against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by method of hydrolysis on-board "Cape Ray" in the Mediterranean Sea returned to the Paleochora port, Crete in the early hours of Sunday, after having sailed more than 100 n.m. off western Crete on their way to "Cape Ray".

GENERAL

Holding banners reading "No more blood for their profits," members of central Greece chapters of SYRIZA, the main opposition party, rallied on Sunday morning at the Moschochori tolls to protest the rise of tolls prices on the Athens-Thessaloniki highway.

CULTURE / TOURISM

The two-day North Face Zagori Mountain Race 2014 opened in the region of Ioannina, western Greece, on Saturday with top Greek ultra-runner Dimitris Theodorakakos coming first in a new 80-kilometer race (Ultra).

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