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Greece`s new government

The members of Greece’s new government were unveiled yesterday afternoon, following a meeting among Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis -the respective leaders of PASOK and Democratic Left- that support the coalition government. The new government consists of 39 members of which 25 are New Democracy party deputies and 14 members are non-elected technocrats.
Non Executive Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Greece and University of Athens Professor Vassilis Rapanos has been appointed Economy and Finance Minister; Dimitris Avramopoulos is  the new Foreign Minister, and Kostis Hatzidakis, Development, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister.
The members of the new government were sworn in  in the presence of Hellenic Republic President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, with the exception of the Finance Ministry’s leadership. Addressing the first Cabinet meeting, the new PM said that the government, which has full power as stipulated by the Constitution ,”has no grace period.” He also announced a 30% cut in the ministers’ salaries.

Athens late-night metro to begin this weekend

(ATHENS NEWS AGENCY-MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY) Late-night Athens metro and ISAP electric railway services at weekends will finally begin this Friday, after their managements succeeded in allaying staff concerns over security. The measure had been announced last week as a pilot programme and begins with a one-week delay. The timetable of the Athens metro and electric railway will be extended by two hours until 2:00 a.m. every Friday and Saturday for the next two months, in accordance with a decision by Transport Minister Kostis Hatzidakis designed to provide a better service to commuters. Continue reading