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  • INSIGHT-A Greek challenge for "Mr Europe" Juncker Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 5:21 AM ET

    *European Commission president sees vote as danger to EU. BRUSSELS, July 4- It's sultry early July and an emotional Jean-Claude Juncker is on the stump, calling for a' Yes' vote in a referendum on which he says hangs the future of Europe- and his own career. "A' Yes'... would have a significance... well beyond Europe," he tells voters.

  • *Berlin plays down suggestion of policy rift with Paris. PARIS, July 1- France wants the euro zone to push for a deal with Greece before Sunday's referendum, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, in comments that differed sharply from those of German leaders. "It is our duty to keep Greece in the euro zone.

  • REFILE-SPECIAL REPORT-How Greece went bust Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:14 AM ET

    On the other sat President Francois Hollande of France; around were a handful of officials. In this modest Brussels setting last Friday morning, key players in the great Greek debt drama tried to avert a meltdown that could threaten the future of the euro and even the European Union. Merkel and Hollande made a final offer of billions of euros in aid for bankrupt...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-How Greece went bust Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:37 AM ET

    On the other sat President Francois Hollande of France; around were a handful of officials. In this modest Brussels setting last Friday morning, key players in the great Greek debt drama tried to avert a meltdown that could threaten the future of the euro and even the European Union. Merkel and Hollande made a final offer of billions of euros in aid for bankrupt...

  • UPDATE 2-France to keep pushing for Greek deal - Sapin Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:57 AM ET

    *Berlin plays down suggestion of policy rift with Paris. PARIS, July 1- France will keep pushing for a deal between Athens and its creditors ahead of Sunday's referendum, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Wednesday, hours before euro zone finance ministers were due to hold a new crisis conference call. Last-minute overtures by Greece to international...

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, June 30- Euro zone governments are hammering home a series of coordinated messages to Greece in hopes of persuading voters to disavow Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and vote "yes" to a debt deal with creditors on Sunday, EU officials and diplomats say. Yet in doing so, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela...

  • PARIS, June 30- China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on Tuesday to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, in a much-anticipated strategy for United Nations climate talks. "China's carbon dioxide emission will peak by around 2030 and China will work hard to achieve the target at...

  • PARIS, June 30- China formally committed to halting the rise in its emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on Tuesday to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, releasing its much anticipated strategy for United Nations climate talks. In a plan that largely mirrors commitments Beijing made in a joint U.S. environment agreement last year, China...

  • After months of wrangling and acrimony, the growing possibility that Athens could be forced out of the single currency brought into sharp focus the chaos that could be unleashed in Greece as well as the danger that would arise for the stability of the euro. "What would happen if Greece came out of the euro? There would be a negative message that euro membership is...

  • But Greek government sources said the leftist premier stood by his rejection of the creditors' conditions and Greece would default on a crucial repayment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, plunging it deeper into financial crisis. EU and Greek government sources said Jean-Claude Juncker had offered to convene an emergency meeting of euro...

  • ATHENS, June 30- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a last-minute offer to Athens in a bid to reach a bailout agreement before the deadline expires on Tuesday, European Union and Greek government sources said. Under the offer, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras would have to send written acceptance by Tuesday, in time for an emergency meeting of...

  • Obama talks with French president about Greek crisis Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 29- President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande on Monday about the Greek crisis, agreeing on the importance of resuming work toward an agreement on a financing and reform package for Athens, the White House said.

  • ATHENS, June 29- Tens of thousands of Greeks rallied on Monday to back their leftwing government's rejection of a tough international bailout after a clash with foreign lenders pushed Greece close to financial chaos and forced a shutdown of its banking system. The show of defiance came at the end of a day that started with stunned Greeks waking up to face...

  • President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande discussed the Greek debt crisis by telephone and agreed it was important to put together a package of reforms for Greece to return to sustainable growth, the White House said on Monday. Greece closed its banks on Monday after bailout talks between the country's government and foreign lenders...

  • *France asks firms to get ready for return to post-sanctions Iran. VIENNA, June 29- France has asked its firms to prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program, but Paris' tough stance in talks and ties with Sunni Arab states means its "love-hate" relationship with Iran will continue. Despite a long history of commercial,...

  • President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande discussed the Greek debt crisis by telephone and agreed it was important to put together a package of reforms for Greece to return to sustainable growth, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said achieving that goal "is in the interests of all parties at the...

  • ATHENS, June 29- Greeks struggled to adjust to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumours and conspiracy theories on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. Their imposition capped a dramatic weekend for Greece that has pushed the country towards a likely default on 1.6 billion...

  • BRUSSELS, June 28- EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker launched a last-ditch drive on Sunday to persuade Greece to agree a funding deal to save it from bankruptcy this week as Brussels insisted the "door is still open" for negotiations. Appealing over the heads of the leftist government direct to Greek voters, Juncker's European Commission published what it...

  • PARIS, June 28- French President Francois Hollande has called a meeting of his senior ministers on Greece for 9:00 am local on Monday, according to an updated weekly agenda issued by his office.

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, June 27- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to a popular vote. The surprise call marked the most dramatic twist yet in five-month negotiations between Greece and...