December 9-11, 1952

NEW YORK TIMES ON MARKEZINIS: New York, 1 – The New York Times reported in a telegram from Athens to the effect that the real power in the (new Papagos) government is in the hands of (Spyros) Markezinis, who has assumed the most important portfolio (Coordination) and is the main link to the Americans. EVAPORATED MILK: The ration of evaporated milk for the month of November will be distributed on Monday, December 8. GREEK AIRCRAFT SAVED: London, 3 – According to a Reuters report from Graz, Austria, the Greek passenger aircraft (of the TAE airline) on a regular flight from Frankfurt in West Germany to Thessaloniki and Athens, made a forced landing this afternoon in Graz due to engine trouble. None of the three passengers or five crew members was injured. (…) The engine trouble first occurred after passing Salzburg. The pilot, using just the one engine, landed the plane safely in the middle of a blizzard. COMMUNISTS AGAINST COMMUNISTS: London, 8 – According to news reports from Prague (following the execution of 11 leading cadres of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party), a new wave of purges of leading Communists took place today. KARAMANLIS INITIATIVE: The prime minister, Mr Alexandros Papagos, yesterday met with Public Works Minister Constantine Karamanlis, who briefed him on the situation in which he had found his ministry on assuming his portfolio and on the policies he intends to follow.

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