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  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's new left-wing government is promising to spend 200 million euros this year on assistance programs for people pushed into "extreme poverty" by the financial crisis. Greece is struggling to emerge from a six-year recession that saw a dramatic rise in unemployment and poverty, following drastic spending cuts in exchange for bailout...

  • ATHENS, March 3- Greece is tapping into the cash reserves of pension funds and public sector entities through repo transactions as it scrambles to cover its funding needs this month, debt officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Shut out of debt markets and with aid from lenders frozen, Athens is in danger of running out of cash in the coming weeks as it faces a 1.5 billion...

  • Euro zone bond yields edge up as ECB QE details eyed Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    *Markets waiting for operational details on QE. LONDON, March 3- Most euro zone bond yields bounced off record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing programme later this week. "D-day is drawing near," said ING strategist Martin van Vliet, expecting more details on the...

  • BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will launch a five-year programme of loans and investments in Greece that EU governments hope can foster enterprise and growth to help revive an economy hobbled by public-sector debt. Suma Chakrabarti, president of the London- based EBRD, told reporters in Brussels that all its 66 state...

  • LONDON— Barely a year after emerging from a savage recession comparable in its intensity to the Great Depression in the U.S., Greece's economy is shrinking again. When figures last fall showed the Greek economy finally growing again after a recession that saw it shrink by a quarter and unemployment and poverty levels swell dramatically, then Prime Minister...

  • Fed has 'golden' chance to tighten: Druckenmiller Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 4:32 PM ET

    The founder of Duquesne Capital Management said that the Fed risks disrupting the U.S. economy if it waits to raise interest rates.

  • LONDON, March 1- The latest episode of Greece's debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe's main financial centre and a hotbed of Euroscepticism. To sceptics, the election of a radical leftist-led government in Athens committed to tearing up Greece's bailout looks like the start of an...

  • *Greece says can overcome immediate funding crunch. MADRID/ ATHENS, March 2- Euro zone countries are discussing a third bailout for Greece worth 30 billion to 50 billion euros, Spain's economy minister said on Monday, but EU officials said there were no such talks. Speaking at an event in Pamplona, northern Spain, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the new rescue...

  • DUBLIN/ MADRID, March 2- Europe's tough treatment of Greece's new government has eased some immediate anti-austerity pressure in Ireland and Spain, but it may take a lot more than that to put Dublin and Madrid's ruling parties' re-election prospects back on track. They both toed the line with Germany in demanding that Greece stick to its bailout commitments- a...

  • MADRID— Spain created hours of confusion over the future of Greece's troubled finances Monday by announcing that eurozone nations were negotiating a third Greek bailout of up to 50 billion euros, then backtracking by saying the prospect of such a bailout is merely hypothetical. The high profile sequence of events began when Spain's Economy Ministry said...

  • ATHENS, March 2- Greece's government sought to assure its creditors and investors on Monday that it can cover its funding needs this month, including repaying a 1.5 billion euro loan to the International Monetary Fund. Athens is running out of options to fund itself despite striking a deal with the euro zone in February to extend its bailout by four months.

  • BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's hoping for a good future for Greece in the eurozone as Germany pushes Athens to comply fully with the terms of its financial bailout. Germany's Parliament signed off Friday on a four-month extension to Greece's bailout, an agreement under which the new Greek government committed to honoring its financial...

  • *Athens may need to issue more T-bills for funding. FRANKFURT, March 2- European Central Bank policymakers decamp to Cyprus on Wednesday wrestling with the uncomfortable fact that they may hold the keys to Greece's continued membership of the euro. With no political appetite for a' transfer union' that could see wealthier countries subsidise Greece, the central...

  • Germany trusts Greece to fulfill bailout terms Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's finance minister said Sunday that he trusts Greece's current government to fulfill the conditions for the bailout deal, but also made clear the country would not receive any further money if it didn't. At the same time, Schaeuble warned that if Greece did not fulfill the demands laid out by the eurozone finance ministers in a four-month...

  • ATHENS/ MADRID, March 1- Spain's centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hit back on Sunday against accusations from Greece's leftist premier that Spain and Portugal had led a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Spain and Portugal had taken a hard line in talks on the euro zone...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Yanis Varoufakis also said...

  • If Greece doesn't stick to that, there will be no further aid, "Schaeuble said according to the pre-publication extract. He said a Grexit was not the desired outcome and nobody had forced a bailout upon Greece so the ball was in Athens' court. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras denied on Friday that Greece would need another international bailout.

  • AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said Saturday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Yanis Varoufakis also said...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Finance Minister: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling while working on reforms.

  • Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:45 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments. Alexis Tsipras spoke Saturday at the start of a two-day meeting of his party's central committee.