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Athens: Social Democracy International Syposium

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Socialist International (SI) and PASOK party President George Papandreou addressed the International Athens Symposium  (May 12), titled “Social democracy and the challenges of the future. What will the progressive model for Europe be?” at the Athens Concert Hall.   In his speech, Papandreou stressed that the challenge for the European socialist parties today is the quality of democracy.  The goal should be to guarantee social rights, access to knowledge and green development. Prominent European politicians, including French socialist Segolene Royal, former Italian premier Massimo d’ Alema and former Spanish PM Felipe Gonzalez also attended the symposium. 


Karamanlis Receives Middle East Leaders in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  On the occasion of Socialist International’s 23rd Congress, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli former prime minister and current minister of defence Ehud Barak, are in Athens. Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis had separate meetings on Tuesday with both of them. The two Middle East leaders were also received by main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou who was recently re-elected President of the Socialist International. No statements followed the discussions, although Bakoyannis has expressed in the past Greece’s ardent interest in contributing to the Middle East peace process. Athens News Agency : PM meets with Abbas, Barak; Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Middle East Question/ The Middle East Peace Process