OPINION

FEBRUARY 14, 1952

PLOUMBIDIS CASE: In statements to the press yesterday on relations between the United Democratic Left (EDA) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the interior minister, Mr Rendis, said that for some time before the last elections, the KKE leadership outside the country had sent orders by means of coded telegrams to an illegal receiver, assigning to Mr Nikos Ploumbidis the task of drawing up lists of election candidates around the country. Later Ploumbidis, in a telegram dated September 7, 1951, replied to criticism from the KKE leadership as to the way he had carried out these orders. He submitted a report justifying his actions and the difficulties he encountered (including the inclusion of both himself and Nikos Beloyiannis on EDA’s election list). NIKOS SKALKOTTAS: From «An Athenian’s Diary» (by Vassos Spanopoulos): «The greater public is not likely to know much about Nikos Skalkottas. Nevertheless, his fame is beginning to be a credit to our country. (…) Despite his youth, Skalkottas has already composed over 100 works of great merit and range, most of which are still largely unknown.» SOFIA – Bulgaria’s government survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition yesterday to protest a new tax on medicine which it says threatens the welfare of the poor. Parliament voted 134-50 to support the government’s healthcare policy. There were 45 abstentions. (AP)