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March in Review
Endangered Forest of Apollonia on Lake Volvi
(ANA-MPA) The riparian forest of Apollonia, on the southern bank of Lake Volvi, is one of the very few hydrophilous lakeside forests still existing in Europe, and is the only area in Greece to host mixed colonies of grey herons (Ardea cinerea) and white storks (Ciconia ciconia) in a unique cohabitation in the heart of the forest.Apollonia is an endangered forest today given that, in the past, it extended over 3 million sq. meters, but heavy tree-cutting for expansion of cultivated land has dramatically shrunk the forest to just 150,000 sq. meters today Read more
Papandreou: Greece Will Not Exit Eurozone
(ANA-MPA) Prime Minister George Papandreou, speaking in Parliament on Monday during an off-the-agenda debate on the Stability and Growth Programme, noted that the emphasis has now turned to international markets and the country's future, while calling for cooperation of all Parliament parties. Papandreou described what he called the "dramatic moments" that the country experienced, following a significant downgrading of its international profile and credit-worthiness. He explained that with the international economic crisis, combined with the lack of credibility on the part of the country, allowed Greece to be singled out as the "black sheep, the guinea pig in the new phase of the international crisis." The prime minister further said that "unfortunately, some politicians and some mass media wanted, by toying with populism and the prejudices of their voters, Greece to become the scapegoat for the ills of all the rest." Read more.
Greek Opposition Party Will Not Allow Country to Go Bankrupt
(ANA-MPA) Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras cautioned the government that "we shall not allow you to dissolve society in order to 'restructure' the economy. Low wage-earners and low pensioners are not to blame for the extravagance of the state, or for the heavy debt . Read more.
Finance Minister Reaffirms Greece Not Seeking Money
(ANA-MPA) Greece has not asked for money from anyone, and will tackle the problem of its economy on its own, FinMin George Papaconstantinou reiterated. Read more.
Greek Stocks End 1.83% Higher
(ANA-MPA) Stocks ended with strong gains in the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday, with the composite index of the market rising 1.83 pct. Read more.
Greek BoG Monetary Policy
(ANA-MPA) The Greek economy is expected to shrink by 2.0 pct this year, the Bank of Greece announced in a report on monetary policy released on Monday. Read more.
Greek Mountaineer on Top of the World
(Embassy of Greece) Nikos Magitsis - Greece’s most experienced mountaineer - is a native of the village of Agria, located on the Pelio peninsula near Volos. Armed with a Master of Science in physical education and sports from the Democritus University of Thrace, he has reached the top of the world, literally.
Having climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, he is currently preparing his next expedition. On March 26, along with six other Greek climbers, he will set out on a new mission: to scale the 6,189 metres of Island Peak, or Imja Tse, in Nepal’s Khumbu Himal range. Magitsis first started climbing with his local mountaineering club, on the Pelio peninsula of central Greece, when he was 14 years old. When he’s not climbing mountains, he’s running a school for outdoor sports, which opened in 1990. Read more.
From Russia with . . . Tourism
(Embassy of Greece-ANA-MPA) Greece has decided to show a strong presence at Russia's tourism exhibitions and actively promote its decision to facilitate the issuing of multiple-entry and long-term visas for Russian citizens, according to Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos, who visited Moscow's International Travel and Tourism 2010 exhibition on March 19. "More and more Russian tourists are deciding to combine their holidays with cultural events and visits to monuments and archaeological sites, a fact that serves our strategy and the combination of our ministry's two directions, that must not only be achieved at leadership level, but in the entire pyramid of steps," Geroulanos told correspondents in Moscow, summing up his initial assessments on his contacts with tourist agencies. Earlier, Geroulanos met with his Russian counterpart, who showed special interest in the Europeana digitization programs, in which Greece leads in experience. Read more.
New Chair in Southeastern European Studies
(Embassy of Greece) A Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair in Southeast European Studies at the Centre for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) was formally launched in Athens in 2009. The Chair aims at strengthening US-Southeast European relations by providing the Washington community with a greater understanding of the region, and inaugural holder is Janusz Bugajski. Read more.
Greece to Boost Ties with Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia
(Embassy of Greece-ANA-MPA) In the framework of the Hellenic and United Arab Emirates Business Forum held recently in Athens, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli had talks with representatives of the Abu Dhabi government, examining partnership prospects in renewable energy, shipping, culture and tourism. Read more.
Skopians Demonstrate Unwillingness to Abandon Claims to Greek Culture and Territory
(Diaspora Grecque) The FYROMian water polo team played a match against Greece in Skopia on 13 March 2010. During the playing of the Greek national anthem, FYROMian fans unveiled an enormous flag bearing the Star of Vergina symbol (of Greece and of ancient Greek Macedonia) and shouted "Macedonia, Macedonia!" repeatedly. View FYROM's latest provocation captured on Internet video.
2010 Literary Figures Honored
(Embassy of Greece) Every year, EKEBI (National Book Center) hosts events in tribute of a towering literary figure selected to be honourd throughout that year. In 2010, EKEBI has selected fiction writer Stratis Tsirkas (1911-1980) and poet Nikos Kavvadias (1910-1975). Their work has been much loved by the general reading public, and has served as inspiration for movies, music, and visual arts and continues to serve as a benchmark for research in Greek literature. “Drifting Cities,” A Trilogy Tsirkas is widely known for his trilogy "Drifting Cities," which was first published in 1960s and translated into several languages. In the context of celebrations, EKEBI created a special webpage dedicated to Tsirkas, which includes a presentation of the author’s life and work as well as a full bibliographical index of Tsirka’s library donated to the Centre.
A series of events will also be organized in schools around the country throughout the year.
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