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  • ANALYSIS-"Great Stretch" to secure Greek debt return Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Greece made a successful, if artificially engineered, return to the long-term capital markets last week for the first time since its international bailout in 2010, and just two years after imposing heavy losses on its private creditors.

  • PRAGUE, April 14- The Czech Republic wants to continue expanding nuclear energy capacity despite cancelling a tender to build two new units and believes the European Union should be more supportive of atomic power, Industry Minister Jan Mladek said on Monday.

  • LONDON, April 14- British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

  • Hints of possible deal on Ukraine gas emerge at G20 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 11- Behind statements that Russia will not budge in demanding Ukraine repay its debts for its natural gas deliveries, hints emerged at a meeting of G20 finance chiefs this week that a deal in which Moscow eases its stance might be in the works.

  • NEW YORK, April 11- U.S. crude oil rose to near a six-week high on Friday, steered by stronger gasoline demand and a positive consumer confidence report, but gains were capped by profit taking and a declining demand outlook.

  • ATHENS, April 11- German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Friday to continue backing Greece, one day after the debt-laden country tapped bond markets for the first time since its international bailout began four years ago.

  • NEW YORK, April 11- U.S. crude oil rose on Friday, lifted by a positive consumer confidence report that indicated strength in the U.S. economy, while Brent was pulled higher by traders covering short positions before the weekend in case ties with Russia worsened.

  • ATHENS, April 11- German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Athens on Friday, a symbolic visit to mark the economic rehabilitation of a nation that over the past four years has threatened the stability of Europe and its single currency. Merkel's visit, which comes the day after Greece returned to international bond markets, will be brief.

  • LONDON, April 11- Brent oil futures dipped towards $107 a barrel on Friday following a weaker outlook for 2014 global demand growth from the International Energy Agency and due to expectations that more Libyan crude will reach the market next week. Brent crude was down 29 cents at $107.17 a barrel by 0927 GMT after settling 52 cents lower on Thursday.

  • Merkel, in Athens, praises Greek reform progress Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece won praise Friday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel— the lead advocate of eurozone austerity— for its painful economic turnaround and successful return to markets. "Greece has honored its pledges," Merkel said at a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens.

  • Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE— The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine. White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama spoke to Merkel from Air Force One as he flew back to Washington on Thursday.

  • *Greece returns to bond markets, ends four-year exile. *Greece sees sale as first step to end austerity, bailout.

  • Economists predict muted German minimum wage hit Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    BERLIN— The introduction of Germany's first-ever national minimum wage will only have a modest negative impact on growth, according to a group of four leading economic think tanks in the country. Next year will see the introduction of Germany's first mandatory national minimum wage, set at 8.50 euros per hour.

  • Greece returns to bond markets with a bang Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    The sale is a milestone for Greece. Greece has been relying on funds from international bailouts since May 2010— in return for which it has imposed a series of deeply unpopular spending cuts and tax hikes. The bond issue came a day before German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected in Athens on a brief visit to meet with Samaras.

  • Nasdaq leads markets lower again Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    LONDON— Another drop in the tech-heavy Nasdaq index prompted renewed jitters across financial markets on Thursday despite earlier relief over Greece's successful bond market return. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.1 percent at 6,641.97 but Germany's DAX fell 0.6 percent to 9,454.54.

  • LONDON/ ATHENS, April 9- Bailed-out Greece is set to end its four-year exile from bond markets on Thursday with a five-year issue, three sources said on Thursday.

  • German trade surplus down in February Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:12 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's trade surplus narrowed in February as exports declined but imports picked up slightly amid signs that growth in Europe's biggest economy is accelerating. As a result, the trade surplus declined to 15.7 billion euros from 17.2 billion euros.

  • Back from cold, Greece announces market return Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:59 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece is on the brink of escaping the financial wilderness. The ministry did not reveal the size of the bond sale, but a senior government official said Greece was initially seeking 2.5 billion euros— a tiny sum compared to the 240 billion-euro bailout package.

  • Germany salvages companies' power discounts Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany said Tuesday that it will reduce the number of companies allowed to receive discounts on their electricity bills as part of an effort to satisfy European Union concerns.

  • BERLIN, April 5- The top conservative candidate for European Commission president and the head of the German Bundesbank have come out against granting France more time to cut its deficit, warning such a move would set a dangerous precedent for other EU states.

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