This Week

Monday Christmas week shopping hours in effect. Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., until Thursday, December 30 (inclusive) except for Friday, December 24, when they will close at 6 p.m. – Opposition PASOK party kicks off initiative to hold National Dialogue Days, during which meetings will be held all over the country on specific issues, with public meetings on the issue of the elderly. Tuesday Pensioners hold rallies in central Athens and Thessaloniki, in protest against poverty and high prices. In Athens they will gather at Klafthmonos Square at 10 a.m. Wednesday Parliament votes on 2005 state budget in midnight roll call vote. – European Commission to decide on measures regarding Greece’s excessive deficit. Friday Christmas Eve. Stores close at 6 p.m. Saturday Christmas Day.