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  • PARIS, July 22- France announced measures worth up to 1.1 billion euros on Wednesday to support its livestock farmers and try to halt protests which have escalated in recent days into road blockades in the northwest. "The aim of the plan is to deal with the emergency but also to bring sustainable solutions," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said at the presidential...

  • PARIS/ BERLIN, July 22- Greece's new bail-out deal imposes a stiff dose of budget rigor and market deregulation which critics say few leaders of Western Europe's biggest nations have dared serve their own voters. "Francois Hollande is very good at telling others how to do their reforms," opposition French conservative Xavier Bertrand said in a dig at France's...

  • PARIS, July 21- President Francois Hollande has said he would unveil an emergency package of measures to help France's livestock and dairy sector on Wednesday. Tuesday's announcement came as livestock farmers in tractors maintained a blockade of roads in northwestern France, keeping pressure on the government to take action over what they say is a squeeze in...

  • ANALYSIS-In Greek crisis, one big unhappy EU family Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 2:50 PM ET

    *Senior EU official sees 20-30 pct chance of success on Greece. The most worrying sign for European leaders is that public opinion and domestic politics are pulling them increasingly in opposing directions- not just between Greece and Germany, the biggest debtor and the biggest creditor, but almost everywhere. With central and east European states growing...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-The man who cost Greece billions Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 5:29 AM ET

    ATHENS, July 20- Once again Alexis Tsipras was struggling to make a decision. For hours on July 13, the Greek prime minister and Europe's leaders had been trying to thrash out a new deal to bail out bankrupt Greece and keep the country in the euro zone. Now a clean copy of the latest text had been printed, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois...

  • ATHENS, July 19- Greek banks are ready to open their branches across the country on Monday after a three-week shutdown, officials said, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift aid talks so Athens could also lift withdrawal limits. The cautious reopening of the banks, and an increase in value added tax on restaurant food and public transport from...

  • PARIS, July 14- President Francois Hollande used his Bastille Day message to the French on Tuesday to call for a strengthening of the 19- nation euro zone in the wake of the Greece crisis, with long-term reforms such as the creation of the bloc's own elected assembly. Hollande defended France's role as a mediator in Monday's accord between Athens and its...

  • BRUSSELS, July 13- As a feeble sun came up out of a grey Brussels dawn on Monday, for a time it looked like it might be about to set on Greek hopes of clinging on to the euro. After 14 hours of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other euro zone leaders, Tsipras was refusing to yield on the last outstanding item on a draconian list of loan terms which some critics...

  • "That could turn out to be one of the sentences that saved Greece," said one diplomat, reflecting the French view that expelling the country from the single currency zone would have catastrophic consequences for Greece and weaken the euro itself. While the final accord struck between Athens and euro zone leaders in Brussels on Monday imposes tough new...

  • *Euro zone says Greece must pass reform laws before bailout talks. *Without third bailout, bankrupt Greece will lose the euro. BRUSSELS, July 13- Euro zone leaders argued late into the night with near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit, demanding that Athens enact key reforms this week to restore trust before they will open talks on a financial rescue to keep it...

  • *Rift spreads across Europe, including within governments. BRUSSELS, July 12- Caught between the rock of throwing good taxpayers' money after bad in Greece and the hard place of opening a dangerous crack in their common currency, tempers frayed among euro zone ministers meeting at the weekend. Such was the "tough, even violent" atmosphere, in the words of one...

  • *Euro zone says Greece must pass reform laws before bailout talks. *Without third bailout, bankrupt Greece will lose the euro. BRUSSELS, July 12- Euro zone leaders told near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit on Sunday that it must restore trust by enacting key reforms before they will open talks on a new financial rescue to keep it in the European currency area.

  • *Rift spreads across Europe, including within governments. BRUSSELS, July 12- Caught between the rock of throwing good taxpayers' money after bad in Greece and the hard place of opening a dangerous crack in their common currency, tempers are fraying among euro zone ministers meeting in Brussels. By contrast, Greek Finance Euclid Tsakalotos, appointed last week in...

  • *Ministers demand further steps from Athens before talks start. BRUSSELS, July 11- Sceptical euro zone finance ministers demanded on Saturday that Greece go beyond painful austerity measures accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if he wants them to open negotiations on a third bailout for his bankrupt country to keep it in the euro. Highlighting the depth...

  • ATHENS, July 11- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers on Saturday for painful reform proposals aimed at obtaining a new international bailout, but he faced a rebellion in his own party that could threaten his majority in parliament. The measures, which received an initial nod from European Union and International Monetary Fund...

  • ATHENS, July 11- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to parliament to back a tough reform package to try to save Greece from financial collapse, with European Union and IMF officials offering a positive early assessment of the measures. Euro zone partners appeared to be preparing for a deal to keep Greece in the euro zone. One euro zone source, who is familiar...

  • BRUSSELS, July 11- EU and IMF officials have given euro zone governments a positive assessment of Greece's request for a new bailout, a source close to the matter said, making it likely they will agree on Saturday to open talks on lending Athens tens of billions of additional euros. Experts from the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International...

  • BERLIN, July 10- The parties in Angela Merkel's coalition government sent conflicting signals on the latest reform proposals from Greece on Friday, underscoring the challenge for the German chancellor before a pivotal summit of EU leaders this weekend. But lawmakers in Merkel's conservative bloc, many of whom are under pressure from constituents to cut...

  • *Macron says optimistic Greece to reach deal. PARIS, July 10- French President Francois Hollande said the latest proposals for reforms by the Greek government were "serious and credible", and said talks between Greece and international creditors must now resume with the aim of reaching a deal. Hollande added that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' decision to...

  • ATHENS, July 10- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to his party's lawmakers on Friday to back a tough reforms package after abruptly offering last-minute concessions to try to save the country from financial meltdown. After walking into a party meeting to applause, Tsipras rallied his Syriza lawmakers to throw their weight behind the new...