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The mantra is repeated by Pierre Moscovici

By Maria Spiliopoulou

ATHENS Mike Piazza Jersey , Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- The City of Athens' Carnival festivities kicked off this weekend with a variety of activities aiming to offer Athenians and visitors of all ages a message of optimism, despite the gloom of the prolonged economic crisis.

In the sixth year of recession local authorities have cut down on the number and size of events scheduled for the three-week celebration running to Clean Monday compared to pre-crisis years.

But the joy and determination to enjoy life remain with Greek people, unaffected by adverse circumstances.

"The joy remains with us. I believe the fun is always there, when children and adults are gathering at a nice site such this to enjoy life even for a few hours Clayton Kershaw Jersey ," Mary Kotsaggari, a City of Athens municipal employee told Xinhua on Sunday during a fun-packed day full of activities for kids of all ages held at the Technopolis cultural complex in the centre of the Greek capital.

During the Carnival season, the City of Athens invites the young and adults alike to join in the cheerful events-music concerts, puppet theatre Justin Turner Jersey , parades-taking place across the city center and neighborhoods, giving priority to children.

The children were the protagonists in Sunday's first big open air party which featured music and dance shows, games, mask workshops Los Angeles Dodgers Hats , a maypole, jugglers and clowns. As supporting actors grownups followed in their steps, forgetting about economic woes for a few hours.

Dressed as a clown, a smiling Kotsaggari welcomed hundreds of guests at the decorated Carnival- style venue.

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Kotsaggari intends not to miss a single carnival event this year and get the most out of the festive atmosphere.

Dimitris Tsirbas, a civil servant who visited Technopolis with his wife and two children on Sunday, will also try to offer them and himself as much free of charge entertainment as possible at similar festivities over the next three weeks.

"The crisis has affected so many aspects of life in Greece, but in my opinion days like this it is better to fight off the gloom Custom Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys , especially for the children's sake. The crisis has changed our life. It is obvious. Across Athens there was only one open air party organized today, here. Despite of our mood, we had to take the kids out for a walk," he told Xinhua.

Tsirbas' family has adapted to the reality of harsh austerity and recession. After salary cuts and tax hikes slashed their income by 40 percent since 2009 Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys , they changed their habits.

"Certainly it is nothing like in previous years, when we would go on excursions ahead of Clean Monday to our hometowns or other destinations. We haven't just limited such excursions. We outright forgot about them. Our family budget has been reduced by 50 percent; therefore we now take the children out only in such free entrance events," he said.

Tsirbas is not as optimistic as government officials and financial analysts that economic recovery is around the corner this year. He believes that it will take years for the country and his family to stand strong on their feet again. But he does keep hope for better future Carnivals which will not be shadowed by economic difficulties.

BRUSSELS, Feb. 14 (Xinhua)-- Brexit and Donald Trump have cast a shadow over the prospects for Europe's further economic growth. That is the message from the European Commission which has delivered a cautious outlook for Europe in the coming 12 months.

The executive predicted that Europe's economic recovery will continue, saying that euro area GDP will grow 1.6 percent this year and 1.8 percent next year. GDP growth in the European Union (EU) as a whole should follow a similar pattern and is forecast at 1.8 percent this year and next year.

But the forecasting period covers 2016, 2017 and 2018 which coincides with Britain's exit from the EU triggered by Article 50 in a few weeks.

It remains unknown if Britain will finally opt for a "hard Brexit," one that will take it out of the single market and customs union, while a question mark also looms over the EU's negotiating position.

Other factors, including an unpredictable Trump in the White House and elections in France and Germany, have to be thrown into the equation. The result is that the economic outlook is "surrounded by higher-than-usual uncertainty," said the commission.

"In these uncertain times, it is important that European economies stay competitive and are able to adapt to changing circumstances. This requires continued structural reform effort. We also need to focus on inclusive growth, ensuring that the recovery is felt by all," said Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.

With inflation picking up, the current monetary stimulus will not last forever, he warned. "Therefore countries with high deficit and debt levels should continue bringing them down to become more resilient to economic shocks."

The mantra is repeated by Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, who noted that despite all its knocks, euro zone growth is holding up and deficits are heading lower.

"Yet with uncertainty at such high levels, it's more important than ever that we use all policy tools to support growth."

Article 50 is due to be triggered by the end of March, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU within a two-year time frame. But Peter Kramer, a senior Brussels-based analyst, said those who predicted economic apocalypse if the Brits voted for out on June 23 last year "we.

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