Anthimos Thomopoulos, CEO of Piraeus Bank, says the ECB's asset quality reviews will dispel concerns over the strength of the Greek banking system.» Read More
*France postpones deficit reduction by a further two years. PARIS, Oct 1- France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.
*Mood swing from austerity seen helping France's case. PARIS, Sept 30- From Athens to Madrid and Dublin to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.
*HSBC, Standard Chartered fall as Hong Kong unrest hits markets. LONDON, Sept 29- HSBC, LVMH and other companies exposed to Hong Kong underperformed a broader drop in European stock markets on Monday as civil unrest in the Asian city continued.
LONDON, Sept 29- Greek government bond yields rose to their highest in almost two months on Monday as Athens' plans for an early exit from a bailout programme raised concerns about future financing and debt relief.
*Athens hopes to wean itself off bailout plan early. In Berlin earlier this week, Samaras for the first time publicly acknowledged that Athens hoped to wean itself off a 240- billion-euro EU/IMF aid package a year before its scheduled end in early 2016..
BERLIN— Greece isn't seeking another financial rescue and will soon set out a new economic reform program to underpin the recovery, the country's prime minister said Tuesday as he visited key creditor Germany. Since 2010, Greece has relied on two bailout packages totaling 240 billion euros.
ATHENS, Greece— Police have busted a phony VIP taxi service in Greece that was using the bank accounts of homeless people to collect deposits from cab drivers. Police spokesman Christos Parthenis said Monday that seven people have been arrested.
BERLIN, Sept 22- The euro zone should have its own single representation at the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank's chief economist said on Monday, a call which may encounter resistance around the bloc.
*Athens building its own funding buffer- Greek finmin. Athens is anticipating further debt relief measures from its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund later this year after managing to shore up its finances and post a budget surplus before interest payments.
ATHENS, Greece— Greece's finance minister said Friday that his country will not seek additional rescue funds from other eurozone countries after bailout loans are completed this year, despite concerns from rescue lenders that an early general election could unravel years of painful cost-cutting reforms.
Evangelos Mytilineos, CEO of Mytilineos, says Greece has now seen the worse and that it's now easier for businesses to get funding. He adds that the weaker euro is also helping
ATHENS, Greece— Greek unemployment dropped considerably in the second quarter but still afflicts more than a quarter of the workforce, as the country struggles to climb out of a punishing six-year economic recession.
Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis says the country needs foreign investment and investors putting their cash in the nation will "succeed".
Greece's credit rating was upgraded by Standard & Poor's on Friday and the ratings agency forecast its economy would start growing again next year.
LONDON, Sept 11- Spanish bond yields inched up on Thursday as nervous investors continued to trim holdings before a Scottish independence vote on Sept. 18, where a victory for nationalists would fuel demands by Catalonia to break away from Spain.
BRUSSELS, Sept 10- European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. Below is the roster of the new European Commission:. AUSTRIA: Johannes Hahn, 56, outgoing regional policy commissioner from the center-right.
Greece's Alexis Tsipras, unlike France's Le Pen and UK's Farage, favors more European integration.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greek opposition party Syriza, says the fall in Greek GDP after the euro zone crisis has been a "disaster" and unemployment remains "unacceptable".
The ECB’s triple-interest rate cut and bond-buying announcement surprised investors on Thursday – and were still sparking debate a day on.
CNBC's Seema Mody reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as investors focus on the U.S. dollar - euro trade, and peace talks between Ukraine and Russia.