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  • BERLIN— The secrets-spilling group WikiLeaks has criticized Google for failing to inform it about U.S. search warrants issued against three of its staff. The warrants issued in March 2012 required Google to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails and other information for Sarah Harrison, Kristinn Hrafnsson and...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- When Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank's trillion-euro scheme to buy government bonds, he acknowledged that in the round of strategies to revive inflation and boost the economy, the bank had just played its last hand. Asked by reporters what would happen if the plan to purchase 60 billion euros of assets a month for 19 months failed,...

  • *Greece must get bailout extension, discuss reforms with its lenders. BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands for debt forgiveness. Before any talks on more time for Greece to repay its debts can start, Athens must get an extension of its...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Jan 26- An expensive fightback by top consumer goods brands is likely to provide only temporary relief as retailers improve the quality of their own products to attract thrifty European shoppers. For household goods companies like Nestle and Unilever, the advance of private labels has eaten into market share and dented prices and margins.

  • EU open to Greek debt extension, not forgiveness Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay back its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands of debt forgiveness. European Union leaders and policymakers responded to Greek anti-bailout party Syriza's election victory on Sunday with warnings that a debt restructuring for Greece...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe's biggest economy as executives foresee export gains from the weaker euro. Germany's export-oriented economy should benefit from the steep drop in the euro from just under $1.40 in May to $1.13 on Monday. The drop is expected to...

  • *Historic victory sets new challenge for Europe. ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras struck a deal with a right-wing party to form a government to confront international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. There is an agreement in principle, " Panos Kammenos said after talks...

  • PARIS, Jan 26- Greek stocks fell on Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory in the polls, though this damage failed to halt a broader rally in European equities driven by the European Central Bank's bond-buying plan. Athens's ATG index was down 1.3 percent at 0922 GMT, led lower by banking stocks such as Piraeus Bank, down 9 percent, and Alpha Bank,...

  • Greek leftist leader claims victory over austerity Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:56 AM ET
    Supporters of the opposition radical leftist Syriza party cheer at exit poll results which indicate that Syriza have a clear lead in Athens, Greece.

    Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" were over.

  • ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras will move on Monday to build a stable government that can take on international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300- seat parliament in Sunday's election, two short of an absolute majority, but the result...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in Sunday's snap election and could win the absolute majority it wants to fight international creditors' insistence on painful austerity measures. While a final result may not come for hours, 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was set to become prime...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza looked set for a comfortable victory over the ruling conservatives, an exit poll showed, with a chance of winning a full majority to face down international creditors and roll back years of painful austerity measures. If confirmed, the result would be enough to install 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras as prime...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 25- Deutsche Bank will remember Thursday, Jan. 8 as the start of "Duesselgate," a nickname born not of wrongdoing, but from the shockwaves sent by a speech given in Germany's former industrial heart. "Deutsche Bank is pretty much alone in Europe with this claim," he said only weeks after the group decided to examine its business model from head to toe.

  • BERLIN, Jan 25- European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc called for the introduction of a standardized European-wide road pricing system in comments she made to a German Sunday newspaper. She said there were many different systems in Europe at the moment and this was a burden on car drivers and an obstacle to their mobility. Germany plans to introduce a...

  • LISBON, Portugal— The fate of the European Central Bank's aggressive plan to stimulate the economy out of stagnation lies with the 340 million people in the 19- country euro alliance. The ECB plans to pump more than 1 trillion euros in new money into the region's economy. —Mario Polegato, billionaire chairman of Italian shoe company Geox SpA:.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • Euro zone bond yields hit new record lows after the European Central Bank unveiled its QE programme- just what the doctor, or at least ECB chief Mario Draghi, ordered. While the composition of a new coalition government may not be quickly known, the prospect of a strong showing for the far-left Syriza party raises the spectre of a clash between Athens on the one hand...

  • European equities bask in ECB glory  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a big lift for European stocks following the ECB'S QE announcement.

  • *70 pct of cars bought on credit- Citi. LONDON, Jan 23- Shares in European carmakers powered to record highs on Friday as investors bet the European Central Bank's trillion-euro bond-buying plan would drive down the cost of car financing as well as boost eurozone companies' exports. Some 70 percent of cars in developed markets are bought on credit, according to...

  • *Internet governance hot topic at World Economic Forum. The issue is a hot topic at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, and the forum is seeking to provide a platform for debate over ways to maintain an open, cross-border Web in the face of pressures for national regulation. A 2014 report by the Boston Consulting Group estimated the Internet economy will be...