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08 September, 2000
Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis late on Wednesday evening participated in a dinner hosted by US President Bill Clinton for the 13 world leaders of the "Network for a progressive governance in the 21st century".
Addressing the participants, Simitis spoke of the new international political, economic and social environment, stressing the need for reexamination of the opinions and ideas of progressive thought.
He underlined that new developments force the readjustment of those opinions and ideas, adding that such a readjustment should take into account the "architecture of the new world", globalization, new technological breakthroughs and the dynamically developing sector of the new economy.
Simitis noted the points of difference between the progressive and the conservative thought, saying that what differentiated the two was the progressives' care for the confrontation of the negative phenomena caused by globalization; the maintenance of a stable economy in conjunction with economic development; use of new technologies and modernity; the quality of education; the strengthening of social cohesion and solidarity; and the strengthening of the society of citizens which is connected with the quality of democracy and the operation of institutions.
Source: Athens News Agency