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Sunday, 13 November 2016

President Obama: Interview about Greece, the EU and European Integration; Athens Speech

Obama: Greeks 'need hope', eKathimerin (in English)

"Speaking ahead of his two-day visit starting on Tuesday, the outgoing US president said that Greece must continue on the path of necessary reforms, which he said can only be sustainable if people are given hope".

Obana: "I believe that European integration is one of the greatest political and economic achievements of modern times, with benefits for EU members, the United States and the entire world. Europe is our largest economic partner and we have a profound economic interest in a Europe that is stable and growing".

Obama insists on need for reforms and ‘meaningful’ debt relief

Oμπάμα: «Δίνουμε τεράστια σημασία στη συμμαχία με την Ελλάδα» Kathimerini

Obama in Athens:

Obama: The US will stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with crisis-hit Greece

Obama Spreads Message of Calm, Euronews

Ομπάμα: Η λιτότητα μόνη της δεν φέρνει ευημερία, Kathimerini

Obama declares support for Greece on crucial issues, eKathimerini

"According to sources, in his talks with Obama, Tsipras asked him to press Greece’s creditors to ensure that no “unnecessary obstacles” transpire in the bailout review that is currently under way and which must be completed for talks on debt relief to begin. Obama also referred to United Nations-backed Cyprus peace talks, saying that even though “success is not guaranteed,” there is a “real prospect for resolving” the decades-old dispute, in fact “the best they have seen for some time” as both leaders, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, appear committed to a solution. If they reach an agreement, he said, everyone will support it".

Obama Urges Europe to Address Its Debt Crisis, Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama’s Full Speech in Athens November 16, 2016, Pappas Post

Anarchists clash with Athens police over Obama visit, John Psaropoulos

President Obama Delivers Final Remarks From Greece, Greek Reporter

The U.S. President Visit to Greece Leaves Everybody Happy - Greek Reporter

Remarks by President Obama at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece,White House website

Video of speech, YouTube

There are some amusing postings and photo-cartoons here, by  Greek teachers of foreign languages in Greece: - Καθηγητές Ξένων Γλωσσών _ Facebook

Some of them make fun of PM Tsipras's idiosynchratic use of English and his accent, hardly fair. If you're on Facebook, you can find more here  -to see more from Καθηγητές Ξένων Γλωσσών on Facebook, log in or create an account.

Best to go to this page:

If you know the Greek sayings and idioms which have been translated literally into very broken English:

"Take me with you"..."Do you have the Lower (Certificate)?"

"Make mine with ham and double cheese"

Just remember - if someone knows even one foreign language reasonably well, 
he or she might well know one more language than you do!

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