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This Week

Monday International Human Rights Day. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to attend the EU General Affairs and Foreign Relations Council in Brussels. Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to visit a kindergarten built according to bioclimatic design principles in Palaio Faliron at 11.30 a.m. At 3 p.m. he will meet with the board of the Hellenic Colleges’ Association. Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alekos Alavanos to meet with the Federation of Civil Aviation Unions (OSPA) at 11 a.m. to discuss the latest developments with regard to Olympic Airlines. At 1.30 p.m. he will have talks with the flight attendants’ union (EISF). Parliament Speaker Dimitris Sioufas to meet with US State Senator for Rhode Island Leonidas Raptakis at 11 a.m. Raptakis recently helped raise money for the victims of this summer’s devastating wildfires in Greece. Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas visits Libya. To tomorrow. President Karolos Papoulias to inaugurate an exhibition titled «Classical Memories in Modern Greek Art, at 8 p.m. at the National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum. Tuesday The Federation of Judicial Employees of Greece (ODYE) begins a 48-hour strike. The organization Nea Smyrni Estia and the Athens chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) are holding a discussion on Macedonia and its history at the Nea Smyrni Estia premises, 1 K. Paleologou Street, Nea Smyrni, at 6.30 p.m. Speakers will include author Nikolaos Mertzos, who is the director of the Society for Macedonian Studies. The Athens Numismatic Museum is hosting a lecture on «The History of the Currency,» at 6.30 p.m. at its premises, 12 El. Venizelou (Panepistimiou). For details, call 210.361.2519 or log on to www.nma.gr. Wednesday The General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and the Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) stage a 24-hour strike over social security. A protest rally will be held 11 a.m. at Pedion tou Areos. The Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) stages a 24-hour strike opposing government plans to merge the journalists’ pension fund with other funds. The Greek Primary School Teachers’ Federation (OLME) participates in the general 24-hour strike. Thursday The Athens Bar Association holds a conference on «State of Law and State of Judges,» at 7 p.m. at its offices. Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis will make the opening address. For details, log on to www.dsa.gr. Friday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to attend EU summit in Brussels.