Greek parliament to confirm new government

ATHENS, Greece — Lawmakers in Greece are set to hold a vote to confirm the majority in Parliament held by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ new conservative government following a general election on July 7.New governments in Greece must be confirmed by a vote of confidence that follows a three-day debate after lawmakers are seated in the new session of parliament.Stelios Petsas, the government spokesman, on Monday repeated a pledge by prime minister to legislate tax cut next month as well scrap longstanding rules that limit police access to university campuses. The government also plans to toughen detention and deportation policies for migrants whose asylum applications are rejected.Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party has 158 seats in the 300-member parliament.The Associated Press

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Engine output growing in 2017 despite April decline

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Market adjustments and the later Easter break have combined to impact this month’s production levels but overall engine production remains healthy year-to-date. UK engine plants are deeply integrated within the European supply chain where parts cross borders many times before a vehicle is finished. Like the wider industry, to guarantee future growth we need the next government to safeguard the conditions that have made us globally competitive, keeping us open and trading and delivering an ambitious industrial strategy for our sector.2Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Engine manufacturing reduced by 14.5% in April as month shortened by Easter break.Year-to-date remains positive – up 4.7% – following strong Q1 output.539,950 engines exported in first four months of 2017 (57.3%)1 as SMMT reiterates risk of barriers to trade with Europe. read more

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