Emi­rates plans flight de­spite US op­po­si­tion

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NEW YORK (AP) – Emi­rates says it plans to op­er­ate its flight from New Jer­sey to Greece as planned from this week­end de­spite op­po­si­tion from 25 mem­bers of the New York and New Jer­sey con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion. They asked Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Tues­day to stop the Dubai-based air­line from be­gin­ning a round-trip flight be­tween Ne­wark and Athens. They claim Emi­rates and other air­lines have an un­fair ad­van­tage over Amer­i­can air car­ri­ers be­cause they re­ceive state sub­si­dies. The group wants Trump to de­lay the sched­uled Sun­day com­mence­ment of the flight un­til his ad­min­is­tra­tion can ne­go­ti­ate a res­o­lu­tion with the air­lines.

Get real. Amer­i­can-Hel­lenic Cham­ber of Com­merce head Si­mos Anas­ta­sopou­los told a con­fer­ence on Tues­day that Greece needs a change of men­tal­ity, say­ing, ‘The re­ces­sion­ary course of GDP in 2016 re­flects the neg­a­tive course of the real econ­omy that does not co­in­cide with the po­lit­i­cal wishes [that can only ex­ist in a] vir­tual re­al­ity.’

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