Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Monday lashed out against prime minister George Papandreou and the PASOK government over an article appearing in the Sunday edition of "Kathimerini", according to which Papandreou had secretly asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to intervene in order to bail out Greece in December 2009, in a communication with IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

"We asked the government. We asked them and they did not reply. And there is no longer any reason for them to reply. Everyone understands," Samaras said in reply to a journalist's question.

DAP proposals on education unveiled

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras called for a broad dialogue on education issues that will be far removed from the problems of the past, after attending a presentation of the ND-affiliated DAP-NDFK student organisation's proposals on education.

Samaras said that DAP, with the platform it presented, 'broke' the decades-long established mentality in Greek education, and called the proposals bold and specific, which were finalised after a long process of public dialogue.

"You see what is going on in Europe, where the universities are the steam engine of growth," Samaras said, calling the proposals a lesson in politics because they tackle the real problems, and a lesson in democracy because "you know how to listen".

The proposals include abolition of the university asylum, and amendment of Article 16 to allow private univerisities.