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PM pledges to support youth

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis yesterday indicated that his government was planning to push through a second raft of reforms with the aim of creating more opportunities for young people. «We need to lay new, more stable, foundations and then build prosperity for the post-crisis era,» Karamanlis told Parliament during a debate on prospects for young Greeks. But the premier stressed that his government «cannot promise more than the economy can endure.» «Whoever really cares about the concerns and ambitions of young people takes decisions aimed at getting through the crisis, they do not seek to score political points,» he said. The premier called for an «autonomous» state secondary school system that would foster critical thinking and for an overhaul of the examination system. The leader of the main opposition PASOK party, George Papandreou, accused the government of condemning the country’s youth to a future of «massive debts.»