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Greek PM Samaras: 'Today we are exiting the economic crisis for good'

Greece is exiting the economic crisis and the bailout programmes for good, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday, speaking at an event to mark the 40-year anniversary of the ONNED youth party.

ECONOMY

Politicians must not cultivate unrealistic expectations to people that all sorts of demands will be met, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis said in a speech at a conference on Friday. "Citizens must understand that there is no autopilot. The country will not find itself from 'hell' to 'heaven' from one day to the next, without an effort. We cannot cultivate unrealistic expectations that we will meet all sorts of demands," Hardouvelis said.

POLITICS

President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias is to have successive meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday, the president's office announced.

ECONOMY

Greek households lost 14 billion euros from their available income last year, hit by a 10.7 pct reduction in workers’ pay and a 12.3 pct cut in social benefits, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.

ECONOMY

The 10-day mid-season autumn sales period starts on Saturday, November 1, amid mixed reactions. The Federation of Private Employees (OIYE) has called a nationwide strike on Sunday, November 2, against the opening of stores.

CULTURE / TOURISM

After 41 years at the helm of one of Greece’s most prestigious museums, the Benaki Museum in Athens, Angelos Delivorias announced on Friday that he is stepping down. The 77-year-old director of the Benaki had repeatedly stated his intention to resign from the post.

CULTURE / TOURISM

The 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival began on Friday, with screenings of Greek and foreign films at venues throughout the city. The highlight of the evening is the official opening ceremony at the Olympion cinema, with a screening of the film "White God" directed by Kornel Mondruczo.

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