• 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.

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 17- Five years after Greece sparked a sovereign debt crisis that threatened the euro's survival, the country again has the potential to rattle its currency partners if Greeks have to elect a new government next month. This is because almost 90 percent of Greek debt is now held by official creditors-- euro zone governments-- and, after the 2012...

  • Crucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    A second round, which also would require 200 for a victory, will now be held on Dec. 23, while a third round will take place on Dec. 29, when a tally of 180 votes will suffice. The votes come amid stalled negotiations between bailed-out Greece and its international creditors. The renewed political instability has roiled international markets, sending Greece's...

  • Petros Doukas, former deputy finance minister of Greece, says radical left group Syriza will have to "U-turn" on its anti-austerity policy if its gets into government as it will face the "harsh reality" of the Troika's demands.

  • Greece in a 'national crisis': Business group  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    Speaking ahead of the first round of voting in the Greek presidential election, Konstantinos Michalos, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says the country is facing a "national crisis" and needs a "national coalition" of the major political parties.

  • Samaras acting like he doesn't want election win: ex-MP  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Elena Panaritis, founder of Thought 4 Action and former PASOK MP, says that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is not strongly supporting his candidate for the presidential election.

  • Greek presidential election: Why it matters  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Chatterley explains how tonight's Greek's presidential vote will work and what it could mean for the country's government.

  • Will Greece president vote lead to snap polls?  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:47 PM ET

    Andrew Naylor, Executive Director at Cicero Group, discusses the possibility of Greece seeing a snap election, as the country's parliament holds the first round of ballot for a new president.