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  • Greek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote. Court officials said Monday that prosecutor Panagiotis Panagiotopoulos said last week's claim by Pavlos Haikalis, a lawmaker from a small opposition right-wing...

  • Europe stocks end higher; Greek shares rally Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct, FTSE 100 up 0.5 pct. *France's Soitec tumbles after profit warning. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX gained 0.8 percent, France's CAC rose 0.3 percent while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index climbed 0.4 percent, to 1,367.00 points.

  • *France's Soitec tumbles after profit warning. PARIS, Dec 22- A rebound in most energy shares drove European equities higher on Monday, while Greece's bourse was also boosted by the country's prime minister offering to bring pro-European independents into the government. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX gained 0.7...

  • LONDON, Dec 22- Rising energy shares drove European equities higher on Monday, while Greece's bourse also advanced after the country's prime minister offered on Sunday to bring pro-European independents into the government. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 0.9 percent, Germany's DAX progressed by 0.6 percent, France's CAC rose 1 percent while...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. He said the latest attack was very recent and one timestamp associated with the Java file was from Dec. 16, the same day Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Afghanistan's chief...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. He said the latest attack was very recent and one timestamp associated with the Java file was from Dec. 16, the same day Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Kazakhstan to...

  • Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed. Antonis Samaras on Sunday pleaded for lawmakers to "listen to their conscience... the national interest and common sense."

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 19- European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost. Such a move could help persuade a reluctant Germany to back plans to buy state bonds. But while the idea may help overcome opposition in Germany, which is worried that fresh money...

  • INTERVIEW-Tsipras vows to break Greece's "bad spell" Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    *Tsipras committed to keeping Greece in euro. In an interview at his party headquarters in a gritty Athens district, Tsipras sought to reassure markets wary of Syriza sweeping into power, saying he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro and keeping the budget balanced before debt costs. "The fear-mongering of 2012 and the fear today that if Syriza comes to...

  • Europe shares rally, led up by rebound for oil stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks rose on Thursday, led higher by energy-related stocks as oil rose and by strength in financials after the U.S. At 1135 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.9 percent at 1,341.86 points. Oil companies topped the index, with Norway's Seadrill up 8.7 percent and Statoil up 6.4 percent, as Brent crude jumped 3...

  • Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:18 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter. Thursday's figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, which are not adjusted for seasonal factors, show that just over 1.2 million people are unemployed in Greece, which has a population of...

  • Are EU leaders worried about Greece?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports on the European Union leaders summit where Greece is likely to be among one of the big talking points.

  • Putin speech: Will he appease markets?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    Charles Robertson, global chief economist at Renaissance Capital, and Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, discuss what to expect from Russian President Vladimir Putin's highly-anticipated year-end speech.

  • Investors overreacting about Greece: Pro  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Michael Massourakis, chief economist at Alpha Bank, says Greece can manage its debt levels and the country does not deserve the negativity investors are giving it.

  • Can Greek PM Samaras garner enough support?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:42 AM ET

    David Lea, Senior Analyst at Control Risks, explains why Greek Prime Minister Samaras may not be able to gather enough votes for his preferred presidential candidate Stavros Dimas.

  • *But Samaras discussed plans with Berlin, Brussels. But in contrast to a recent predecessor, he made sure before dropping the bombshell that Berlin and Brussels wouldn't stand in the way. With Berlin playing a decisive role in European aid for Greece, Samaras and Schaeuble spoke repeatedly by telephone in the days before the early vote was announced on Dec. 8,...

  • Greece needs debt that's feasible: Politician  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Ahead of Greece's presidential vote, Euclid Tsakalotos, an MP with the SYRIZA party, says that Greece needs a new debt agreement that is more "feasible".

  • Russian turmoil knocks back European equities Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 17- European shares fell on Wednesday, reversing part of Tuesday's recovery, as a new drop in oil prices and financial turmoil in Russia hit the region's main stock markets. Brent crude oil also traded below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/ 2 year lows, as major oil producers signalled they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering...

  • European equities get caught in the rout of the rouble Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 17- European shares fell on Wednesday, reversing part of Tuesday's recovery, as a new drop in oil prices and financial turmoil in Russia again weighed on the region's stock markets. Brent crude oil also traded below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5 1/ 2- year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and...

  • Could Greece leave the euro?  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Ahead of Greece's MPs holding a presidential vote today, Miranda Xafa, CIGI senior scholar and CEO of EF Consulting, comments on Greece's possibility of leaving the euro if its next government messes up negotiations with the Troika.