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Cleanup continues in cities after flooding; mayor declares Acharnes under emergency

Acharnes' commercial centre has been destroyed, mayor Yiannis Kassavos said, declaring his municipality under emergency after Friday's torrential rain that wrought havoc in western Athenian suburbs and the port city of Piraeus. Most areas reported manageable problems or restored operation, while the main opposition called for long-term anti-flooding works.


The government cannot ask us to be an accessory to its crimes, main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) said on Saturday, just because it cannot and is not able to negotiate the socially just exit from the crisis and defend the country's interests.


"The return to normality has already begun," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stated here on Friday, shortly after the end of a summit for the leaders of Eurozone countries. He said that negotiations were continuing on all levels and that nothing was concluded yet.


The European Central Bank (ECB) will officially release the results of stress tests on the eurozone's largest banks - including Greece's four systemic banks National, Piraeus, Alpha and Eurobank - midday Sunday.


Greece's trade deficit shrank by 29.5 pct in August, reversing a rising trend which prevailed in the previous months. The trade deficit, however, was up 5.2 pct in the January-August period, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.


A poll gives an 8.5 percentage point lead to main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party over senior ruling coalition party New Democracy (ND) in a poll published in Saturday's edition of "Efimerida ton Syntakton" newspaper.


Daylight saving time ends at 04:00 in the morning on Sunday, October 26, when clocks go back one hour to show 03:00. Greece returns to “regular” or “winter” time until the spring of 2015.

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