Nelson Mandela was an ideologist fighting against violence, apartheid and all forms of racism, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday, in a message of condolences after the death Thursday of the former South African leader at 95. "Today we say goodbye, with the global community, to a hero who wrote unique pages in the modern history of the world," Samaras said
Main opposition SYRIZA’s Lafazanis on Friday asserted that writing-off the greater part of Greece's debt was the only solution for the country's survival and a recovery of economic growth. At the same time, he criticised the government of being alone in not speaking of this.
Greek National Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and his Italian counterpart Mario Mauro signed a joint memorandum of intent after their meeting in Athens on Friday, in which they pledged to coordinate the aims and priorities of the successive Greek and Italian European Union presidencies in the defence sector.
Greece can play a highly significant role as an energy portal and an energy hub for Europe, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said after the end of a meeting with Environment, Energy and Climate Change minister Yiannis Maniatis and deputy minister Makis Papageorgiou on Friday evening in Athens.
Achieving a primary surplus will strengthen the negotiating capacity of the country and activate EU commitment for debt relief, Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Friday, during a discussion on 2014 budget in parliament.
Car sales jumped 29.3 pct in November, for an increase of 0.8 pct in the January-November period this year, official data showed on Friday. Car registrations totaled 7,177 vehicles in November, from 5,551 in the same month last year (a rise of 33 pct was recorded in passenger car sales). Car registrations were down 43.9 pct in November 2012.
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