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  • Euro falls after Greek exit polls show Syriza win Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    WELLINGTON, Jan 26- The euro fell on Monday after exit polls in Greece's general election showed the leftwing Syriza party winning a comfortable victory, raising the risk of a standoff over austerity measures with its European lenders. The single currency fell versus most major currencies in early Australasian trade, losing nearly half a U.S. cent to around...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza looked set for a comfortable victory over the ruling conservatives, an exit poll showed, with a chance of winning a full majority to face down international creditors and roll back years of painful austerity measures. If confirmed, the result would be enough to install 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras as prime...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza is on course to win Sunday's snap election by a large margin over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, a joint exit poll showed. Led by the 40- year-old Alexis Tsipras, Syriza wants to renegotiate a chunk of Greek debt and end austerity measures. Centrists To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn...

  • "In Greece, democracy will return," the party's 40- year-old leader Alexis Tsipras told a throng of cameras as he voted in Athens. "The message is that our common future in Europe is not the future of austerity." A Syriza win would represent another turning point for Europe after last week's announcement by the European Central Bank of a massive injection of cash into...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened and stock markets rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying programme. The stubbornly stagnant euro zone economy and falling consumer prices in the currency bloc prompted the ECB to unveil a 60 billion euro a month...

  • Nikkei flat as investors stay on sidelines before ECB Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:18 PM ET

    *Unicharm hits record high on strong profit report. TOKYO, Jan 22- Japanese shares were flat in choppy trade as the market digested expectations the European Central Bank will unveil new stimulus measures at its meeting later on Thursday, while a pause in the weak yen kept investors sidelined. Greece faces an early national election after its parliament...

  • ATHENS, Jan 21- Greece's Socialist PASOK party could support a government led by the radical leftist Syriza party as part of a wider pro-euro alliance to steer the country out of its bailout programme, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters. PASOK once dominated Greek politics and won power outright in 2009, just before the country sank into a debt...

  • ATHENS, Jan 21- After four years of economic sacrifices, Greece bet it could agree an early end to its international bailout. Greece triggered the regional financial crisis in 2009 when a far higher budget deficit than previously calculated emerged. The collapse of talks in Paris on Nov. 26 set off a month-long sequence of events leading to elections next week and...

  • DUBLIN, Jan 20- An exit by Greece from the euro area would be devastating for the country, the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday. Financial markets are nervous a Syriza victory could trigger a standoff with EU/IMF lenders that results in Greece leaving the euro zone. "First of all it is not allowed under the rules of the euro...

  • With elections just six days away, leftist Syriza leads the opinion polls and is intent on cancelling the austerity terms of a bailout from Europe and the International Monetary Fund and also wants a big debt write off. That has prompted a succession of German politicians and economists to proclaim that Greece risks being cut loose from the euro, although...

  • VIENNA, Jan 15- A Greek exit from the euro zone would be an "extremely dangerous" move for the country and a danger for the rest of Europe as well, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said. "It would be an extremely dangerous development for the Greeks and it would be a dangerous development for all of Europe because we know it is not just a matter of leaving...

  • Options on Greece ETF draw bearish bets ahead of election Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 15- Political turmoil in Greece has hit its financial markets hard, and traders in the U.S. options market are positioning for a further fall in Greek stocks as the country heads to a snap election that could determine whether it leaves the euro zone. There are few choices for investors who want narrow exposure to Greece in U.S. markets, but one, the Global...

  • Greek PM Samaras vows tax cuts as leftists hold poll lead Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    At the helm of a coalition government since 2012, Samaras has pursued unpopular reforms as part of a 240 billion euro EU/IMF bailout to pull Greece back from almost crashing out of Europe at the height of the euro zone crisis. Opinion polls show radical leftist Syriza, which opposes Greece's international bailout programme, ahead of Samaras' centre-right New...

  • *To Potami battling for third place in Jan 25 vote. ATHENS, Jan 9- Journalist-turned-politician Stavros Theodorakis is shaping up as a possible kingmaker after Greece's general election. A fortnight before the Jan. 25 vote, To Potami lies third in most opinion polls, behind the anti-bailout Syriza and the ruling conservative New Democracy party, which has...

  • *Berlin believes Greek exit would set dangerous precedent. BERLIN/ LONDON, Jan 7- Germany's Angela Merkel played down the chances of a Greek exit from the euro zone on Wednesday, but made clear she expected Athens to stick to the terms of its international bailouts after this month's election. The chancellor addressed the issue for the first time since a German...

  • Greece: A vote against austerity? Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 4:10 AM ET
    Greece: A vote against austerity?

    On Monday, Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to win the majority vote for his choice of president. Alkman Granitsas, bureau chief for Greece and Cyprus at the "Wall Street Journal," discusses the market impact.

  • Why Greece could cause a shiver, not a chill Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 3:53 PM ET
    People wave Greek flags in front of the Greek Parliament.

    Greece may be one of the first trouble spots for markets in 2015, but it's not likely to be what really rocks them.

  • Euro zone mulls longer Greek bailout, Athens refuses Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 6:28 PM ET
    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

    Euro zone ministers are considering extending Greece's bailout by six months to mid-2015, but Athens said it was only willing to consider an extension of a few weeks to the unpopular program.

  • Greece gets green light for 4 billion euro payment Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 2:23 AM ET
    Athens

    Euro zone officials have approved the transfer of 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of funding to Greece and euro zone governments are expected to approve disbursement by Monday.

  • Greece and its international lenders resume talks on Monday to unlock 8.1 billion euros ($10.5 billion) of rescue loans after a two-week break during which the government almost collapsed.