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  • BRUSSELS, Nov 6- Euro zone finance ministers will consider three options on Thursday for what happens after Greece exits its bailout at the end of the year, seeking to balance the need to reassure investors with the demands of domestic Greek politics. After two international bailouts totalling 240 billion euros since 2010, when private investors refused to...

  • *Greece spells out post-bailout hopes. ATHENS, Nov 5- Greece expects an interim period of up to a year of limited EU/IMF supervision when it quits its bailout programme at the end of the year, without the current "micro-management" by lenders, the finance minister told Reuters on Wednesday. The comments by Gikas Hardouvelis in his office overlooking Syntagma...

  • GREEK FINMIN SAYS ATHENS TO BE SET 10-15 REFORM BENCHMARKS IN INTERIM PERIOD, REPLACING CURRENT EU/IMF "MICROMANAGEMENT".

  • GREEK FINANCE MINISTER TELLS REUTERS ATHENS EXPECTS 6-12 MONTHS OF "INTERIM PERIOD" OF NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH EU/IMF AFTER BAILOUT EXIT AT YEAR-END.

  • ATHENS, Nov 4- Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's far-left Syriza party, recently traveled to Frankfurt and Rome to meet European leaders. He is softening his confrontational tone with Greece's international lenders. Syriza, once a fringe far-left movement, is now the most popular party in Greece, representing the many voters who feel punished by the country's...

  • LONDON, Nov 3- Greek bond yields rose on Monday after a senior European Union official said Athens was "highly unlikely" to end its bailout programme without some new form of assistance that will require it to meet targets. Faced with the growing popularity of the anti-bailout Syriza party, Athens had voiced its intention to make an early exit from the strict...

  • ECB tests tougher than expected: Cyprus minister Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 8:25 AM ET
    Cyprus Finance Minister Haris Georgiades

    The ECB’s “stress” tests were stricter than forecast, Cyprus’s finance minister told CNBC, after three Cypriot banks failed the check.

  • *Expectations for a "big bang" style revamp not high in Europe. *Market expects a handful of failures from Europe's stress tests. But expectations for a "big bang"- style restructuring of the banking sector are low, given the political sensitivities at play, and instead the market is factoring in just a handful of failures out of the 130 banks set to be tested, with a few...

  • US investors must worry about Greece: strategist Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    A Greek tragedy could be ahead for markets, warns Larry McDonald of Newedge.

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Portuguese government bond yields jumped on Monday as financial concerns over one of the country's largest listed companies and the approaching bankruptcy of the Espirito Santo family shook investor confidence in the fragile peripheral economy. The liquidation of the assets of Espirito Santo holding company Rioforte virtually ensures...

  • Jacques Cailloux, chief European economist at Nomura, discusses why global stock markets wobbled last week, and suggests markets are only realizing ECB President Mario Draghi's message that he cannot reflate the economy without the help of reform from governments.

  • LONDON, Oct 19- Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy. With the Fed set to turn off its money taps at the end of this month, investors appear to have woken up to poor growth prospects in much of the world, something International Monetary Fund chief Christine...

  • Samaras said Athens was talking with its lenders about what should happen if Greece succeeds in leaving its bailout programme by the end of December, a year ahead of schedule, as Greek officials hope. He sees one option as a credit line that Athens could tap post-bailout should it fall prey to future market turmoil. But the details of any such credit line have yet to...

  • European shares post biggest daily gain in three years Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 17- A key pan-European equity index posted its biggest daily gain in three years on Friday as stronger U.S. data fueled a rebound from recent sharp losses and speculation about monetary easing stabilized lower-rated euro zone bonds. The index extended gains after a widely followed survey showed U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to the highest...

  • Can EU muddle through economic tension?     Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    Douglas Rediker, International Capital Strategies, provides perspective on whether a cohesive unit in Europe can address its economic concerns as the ECB considers quantitative easing against Germany's push back.

  • LONDON, Oct 17- World stocks hit a nine-month low on Friday but oil and southern European bonds were off their week's worst levels, as investors began to dust themselves off after one of the most volatile spells in world markets in years. Bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris started the day up 1 to 1.5 percent and Athens rose 4.5 percent as Greek governments bonds...

  • European bonds: It's every country for itself now Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 1:32 PM ET
    A visitor walks beneath a display at the Athens Stock Exchange, Oct. 15, 2014.

    After more than a year of interest rates across Europe moving lower in lockstep, the last 24 hours show a breakdown.

  • *Concern that Germany and ECB will do too little too late. PARIS, Oct 16- After a two-year siesta, the euro zone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.. But four overlapping factors have rekindled anxiety...

  • *Investors fret at prospect of Greece going it alone. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 16- The European Central Bank will loosen its terms for accepting security from Greek banks to allow them to tap more of its funding, offering the country's lenders support as stock and bond markets in Athens tumble. The current "troika" of inspectors made up of the ECB, the European...

  • LONDON, Oct 16- World markets tumbled for a second day on Thursday, hurt by concerns about the health of world economy and fears that Europe's debt crisis was waking up from a two-year siesta. European stock markets slumped, with London, Frankfurt and Paris down 1.8, 1.7 and 2.4 percent by midday and Greek shares down 3 percent for a loss of 17 percent in a week.