In Brief


Senior opposition official in car crash Senior opposition New Democracy strategist Giorgos Souflias, 62, and his wife, Marianna, were in stable condition yesterday after being injured in a Saturday night pileup involving five cars in the northeastern Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi. The couple were treated at the Athens KAT hospital’s intensive care ward with minor fractures, but doctors said their condition «does not inspire concern.» Health Minister Costas Stefanis, who visited the couple in the hospital yesterday, said that «along general lines» both were «very well.» Deadly pileup Five people, including a three-year-old girl, were killed in a northern Greece highway crash yesterday that involved four cars. The victims were identified as Nikolaos Atmatzidis, 42, his 15-year-old daughter Efi, Alexandros Konialis, 56, his wife Argyro and three-year-old Argyro Miteloudi. The cars crashed during heavy rain on the road from Thessaloniki to Nea Moudania. No apology Left-wing Israeli MP Roman Bronfman said yesterday he had declined an invitation to meet with Mikis Theodorakis after the composer refused to apologize for remarks which sparked accusations of anti-Semitism. Theodorakis had invited Bronfman, from the secular Meretz party, to clear the air after his remarks outraged Greece’s Jewish community and drew angry reactions from Israeli officials and organizations. But Bronfman told AFP he had declined the invitation after the artist said he would «refuse to present a written apology for his comments about Jews.» (AFP)