Talks with gov­ern­ment fail to re­solve dead­lock

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Health Min­is­ter An­dreas Xan­thos yes­ter­day failed to ease op­po­si­tion from phar­macy union­ists against gov­ern­ment plans to change own­er­ship rules for phar­ma­cies. Phar­ma­cists across the coun­try launched 24-hour rolling strikes yes­ter­day in protest at the mea­sures in­cluded in Greece’s bailout agree­ment, which would also en­able non­phar­ma­cists to open stores. Speak­ing af­ter the talks, Con­stanti­nos Louran­tos, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of At­tica Phar­ma­cies, warned that “strike ac­tion will in­ten­sify.” Mean­while, the health min­is­ter said that the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions with the coun­try’s lenders re­gard­ing the con­tent of a joint min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion on the ques­tion of own­er­ship.

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