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This Week

Monday Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to attend an Ecofin meeting in Brussels that will discuss steps to be taken against Greece for its excessive deficit. To Tuesday. Deputy Agriculture Minister Alexandros Kontos to meet with cotton farmers of the Pella prefecture. Archbishop Christodoulos holds a press conference on the forthcoming World Missionary Conference to be held in Athens on May 9, 2005. At 3 p.m. at the Holy Synod’s premises, 1 Iasiou St. German Ambassador Albert Spiegel holds a press conference on the Greek-German Eleni Vlachou journalism award for 2005. At noon at Athens University. Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Orfanos, whose portfolio includes sports, to attend awards ceremony for Greek medalists of the Athens Games, held by the union of Greek Olympic medalists, at the Ioannis Vellidis Hall in Thessaloniki at 6 p.m. US Embassy and consulates in Athens and Thessaloniki will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Tuesday Israeli novelist Amos Oz to speak on «Prospects for Peace in the Middle East: The Opinion of a Novelist,» at a lecture hosted by the Constantine Karamanlis Institute for Democracy at 1 p.m. at the Grande Bretagne Hotel. Education Minister Marietta Giannakou to speak. Tel. 210.725.7495. Wednesday Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras to lay the foundation stone of the new Athens Court Building, at 1 p.m. Amos Oz to deliver a speech at the Athens Concert Hall on the subject «A Life between Love and Darkness.» Association of Young Postgraduates in European Studies (ENEES) holds a conference on «Turkey’s European Prospects After the EU Summit on December 17, 2004,» at 5 p.m. at the Foreign Ministry’s Yiannos Kranidiotis Amphitheater. Former Foreign Minister and PASOK MP Theodoros Pangalos and ND MP Vassilis Maginas to speak. Tel. 210.571.1519. Thursday Thessaly cotton farmers to hold demonstration. Amos Oz to receive an award at an event in his honor at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. Friday National dialogue on education begins at Zappeion Hall. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to attend. Students will demonstrate at 11 a.m. outside the Education Ministry in Athens. In Thessaloniki, students will demonstrate at noon at the Venizelos statue. The University of Athens and the Center for Research and Prevention of Injuries among the Young (KEPPA) are holding a conference on «Domestic Violence» at the Stratos Vassilikos Hotel, 114 Michalakopoulou St. Tel. 210.746.2187. Sunday Synaspismos Left Coalition’s central committee convenes. To Monday.