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Greek Basketball Team Wins Bronze Medal

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The men’s Greek basketball team yesterday won the bronze medal at the FIBA European Basketball Championship, Eurobasket 2009, held in Poland, by beating Slovenia 57-56.

Spain won the gold medal beating Serbia in the final by 85-63.    This was the second medal for Greece in the last four years, after winning the gold medal in EuroBasket 2005 Championship.  Moreover Vasileios Spanoulis was selected for the All-Tournament Team together with Spain’s Pau Gasol who was named MVP, Serbia’s Milos Teodosic, Slovenia’s Erazem Lorbek and Spain’s Rudy Fernandez.  It has been a great year for Greek basketball as earlier in the summer the Greek Under-20basketball team won the 2009 U20 European Championship by defeating France 90-85, andGreece’s under-19 team won second place and the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA World U19 Basketball Championship in New Zealand.

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Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Valinakis at Olive Group

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     yannis-valinakisDeputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis on Tuesday underlined the need for more effective EU policies in the Mediterranean region, pointing out that it was equally important to bring a Mediterranean dimension into European integration. Attending the 6th Informal Meeting of the EU Mediterranean countries “Olive Group” that took place in Taormina, Sicily (15-16.12), the minister stated that the meeting focused on migration issues in the western Balkans and EU enlargement. He underlined there should be a “Mediterranean neighbourhood” to face the problems together and join forces to create opportunities that “will protect us during a crisis and at the same time produce long-term benefits.” The Olive group consists of Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Slovenia. Greek News Agenda: The Olive Group; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus: 5th Informal Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Mediterranean EU Member-States, Concluding Remarks