IHT publisher pays a visit to Kathimerini

Michael Golden, vice president of The New York Times, who recently also became the publisher of The International Herald Tribune, was in Athens last week. He visited Kathimerini’s offices in Neo Faliron, where he had talks with Kathimerini president Aristeidis Alafouzos, publisher Themis Alafouzos, and Kathimerini English Edition editor Nikos Konstandaras about the successful partnership between the papers. Discussion continued with other editors and executives from Kathimerini over a working dinner at the Yacht Club of Greece in Kastella. Given the proximity of the elections, the conversation turned to the hot topics preoccupying political leaders in Greece. Golden is well-informed about Greek politics; during his visit to Greece he met New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis, Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis, Foreign Affairs Ministry officials, PASOK chairman George Papandreou’s adviser Alex Rondos, and Athens 2004 president Gianna Daskalaki-Angelopoulos, whose image abroad – he said – was positive. Golden said that newspapers in America were preparing to give the Olympic Games in Athens complete coverage.