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26 September, 2001
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Costas Karamanlis on Tuesday said that Greece's basic orientation as a European Union member-state and a NATO member was not a point of divergence by the government.
Speaking to German journalists, Karamanlis added that the ruling party moved away from third-world policies to more logical positions.
Regarding the shadowy 17 November terrorist group he said that Greece should quickly improve its performance, while measures should be taken from this point on for perfect and secure Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
"I want to see more effectiveness on the government's part," he noted.
Karamanlis told the journalists that there are problems in the public sector, and interconnections between the great economic interests and the media, but stressed that Greece, since 1974, has installed a stable and workable parliamentary democracy.
He also noted that his party's positions are different on economic policy, saying that ND's positions were against an economy controlled by the state to such a great extent as it is in Greece.
Source: Athens News Agency