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  • UK skeptics surge, Dutch stumble as EU votes Friday, 23 May 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, May 23- Britain's Eurosceptic UK Independence Party made strong gains but their Dutch counterparts stumbled as more countries voted on Friday in European Parliament elections expected to produce a widespread anti-EU protest vote on a very low turnout.

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 16- Greek radical leftist leader Alexis Tsipras, running to head the European Commission, said on Thursday his country's EU-led bailout has been a failure, despite Athens' recent return to bond markets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • *Greece sees signs of better times. PIRAEUS, Greece, April 9- Nikos Mavrikos has fired half of his employees since 2010 as the Greek economy imploded, leaving his ship supply business on the verge of collapse. "People are slowly starting to trust Greece again," says Mavrikos, who hopes to take on even more employees soon at his family-owned business.

  • *Greece showing signs of pulling out of recession. LONDON, April 3- Greece is planning to return to the international bond market this month, four years after it became the first euro zone country to be bailed out and only two years since defaulting on its debts.

  • *Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.

  • Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Reuters the worst of the crisis was behind Greece and it was considering issuing new bonds within the next three months. The chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday that Greece was fully funded for the next 12 months and hoped to finance itself on the market afterwards.

  • ATHENS, March 31- Greece approved on Monday a contentious reform bill to secure bailout aid but the government was forced to expel a dissenting lawmaker, reducing its majority in parliament to just two seats.

  • *Greece, Gazprom to announce new supply deal- sources. ATHENS, Feb 20- Greece and Russian energy giant Gazprom will soon announce a new gas supply deal including price cuts backdated to last June, sources said on Thursday. Gazprom is the biggest supplier of Greece's state-run natural gas distributor DEPA.

  • Greek leftist seeks negotiated debt write-off Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 4- Greece would seek to negotiate an international write-off of about one-third of its debt if the leftist Syriza opposition party won a general election, its leader said on Tuesday.

  • Greece Sets Price Guidance on Crucial Bond Buyback Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 12:54 AM ET

    Greece on Monday said it would conduct its bond buyback offer through a modified Dutch auction method in which investors declare how much they are willing to sell their bonds at before the price is determined.

  • *Anger, resignation on streets of Athens. The strike, called by Greece's two biggest labour unions representing half of the four million-strong workforce, brought public transport to a virtual standstill and shuttered schools, banks and local government offices.

  • *Anger, resignation on streets of Athens. ATHENS, Nov 6- Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48- hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later.

  • *Anger, resignation on streets of Athens. ATHENS, Nov 6- Tens of thousands of Greek workers began a 48- hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse.

  • *Greece funding, China leadership adds to uncertainty. NEW YORK, Nov 5- Oil rebounded on Monday from the previous session's sharp loss while metals and crop prices mostly fell as financial markets treaded warily ahead of the U.S. presidential election and amid recovery work on the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- World stocks fell and the dollar edged up on Monday as investors played it safe before Americans choose their president and Greece headed into two key votes to secure further rescue funds.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- World stocks fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as investors moved to the sidelines or favored low-risk assets before Americans choose their president, China starts a leadership transition and Greece faces a fraught vote to secure fresh rescue funds.

  • *Ten-year JGB futures rise in light trade. TOKYO, Nov 5- Benchmark Japanese government bonds inched up on Monday ahead of a tightly-fought U.S. presidential election on Tuesday and a vote in the Greek parliament over a new austerity package later in the week.