NEWS

This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis begins an official visit to Moscow. Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas to attend the conference of donors for the Palestinian territories in Paris. The Hellenic Migration Policy Institute (IMEPO) is hosting a lecture titled «Strategies for Migrants’ Acculturation: Psychological and Social Adaptation,» by John Berry, professor of psychology at Queen’s University, Canada. At 7 p.m. at the King George Hotel. Tel. 210.725.5385 or log on to www.imepo.gr. Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis and the head of the office of the UNHCR in Greece, Giorgos Tsarbopoulos, hold a press conference on the creation of a social support network for refugees by the Athens municipality and the UNHCR. At 10.30 a.m. at Athens City Hall. The Hellenic Foundation for Euopean and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) hosts a lecture titled «What Does the Reform Treaty Mean for the EU,» at 1 p.m. at the Foreign Ministry. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis and New Democracy MP Kyriakos Mitsotakis will speak. Tel. 210.725.7124 or log on to www.eliamep.gr. The Fulbright Foundation in Greece launches the «Great Ideas» series, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. A series of cultural events and lectures by experts will be taking place in Athens in collaboration with the US Embassy and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The first lecture will take place today in Thessaloniki on «The Moral Challenges Posed by Pandemics,» by acclaimed biomedical ethics professor Dr Ruth Faden. The lecture starts at 6.30 p.m. at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki. For details, call 210.720.2300 or log on to www.fulbright.gr. The General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE), the Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) and the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists’ Unions (POESY) meet to make decisions on the course of strike action, at noon at the offices of the Greek Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) at 20 Academias. Tuesday International Migrants Day. Wednesday Journalists to stage a 24-hour strike over pension reforms. The protest will result in a media blackout. Lawyers and notaries will also strike. The Athens-Piraeus State Doctors’ Union, the Greek Pharmaceutical Union and the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) also plan to stage a 24-hour strike over pension reforms. A protest rally will be held 11 a.m. at the main gate of the University of Athens and will march to the Labor Ministry. The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis hold a press conference to present plans for the inauguration of the Institute of Greek Studies at the Biblioteca Alexandrina. At noon at the King George II Hotel. Thursday International Human Solidarity Day.