NEWS

Farmers take the streets

A line of tractors stands parked in a street of Karditsa, central Greece, yesterday where hundreds of farmers demonstrated against low cotton prices and called for tobacco subsidies not to be reduced or abolished. Farmers are threatening to repeat their 1997 campaign of mounting roadblocks all over the country. Demonstrations are planned in Pharsala tomorrow and in Thessaloniki and Trikala on Monday. Domestic competitiveness and employment will be supported and commitments for social policy will be kept, Christodoulakis said as he left the prime minister’s office. GDP growth is forecast at 3.8 percent, with a surplus of 1 percent and with the public debt continuing to drop.