OPINION

December 1-15, 1952

COLLABORATORS: 6 – The 10-day court martial of Greeks accused of espionage and high treason, and whose actions resulted in the execution of several people by the Germans, ended yesterday. The court sentenced N. Raftopoulos, Eleni Pilatou and Memet Hatap to 10 years’ imprisonment. MARKEZINIS’S POLICY: 7 – Yesterday evening the minister for coordination, Mr Spyros Markezinis, announced the (Papagos) government’s economic program and the measures being taken to make it successful. Markezinis’s speech, which covered all sectors of economic life, can be summed up as focusing on improvements to the following: the restoration of public administration; decentralization as a main goal, along with broad reform; moral and material improvements for civil servants, and simultaneously a purge of the civil servant class; preservation of currency stability; credits for the agricultural economy and control of imports; a reduction in indirect taxes; an improvement in the banking system; restrictions on interventionism; lower production costs and better goods transport; and a rise in the living standards of the masses and the securing of new markets for national products. KARAMANLIS INITIATIVE: The prime minister (Alexandros Papagos) yesterday met with Public Works Minister Constantine Karamanlis who briefed him on the situation in which he had found his ministry and the policies he intends to follow.