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  • Athens police plan crackdown ahead of Merkel visit Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- Greek police have increased security and are preparing to close down large sections of the capital Athens to contain protests against Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is visiting the city Tuesday for talks with the country's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

  • Europe stocks down as global growth woes intensify Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:46 AM ET

    PARIS-- Europe's stock markets fell Monday on concern about the global economy ahead of a two-day meeting of its finance ministers and a cut in the World Bank's growth forecasts for Asia. Investors continue to worry over protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece.

  • *Merkel in Greece for first time since euro crisis began there. *Visit shows Germany's change of heart on Greek euro exit* Will make clear Athens must push tough measures By Dina Kyriakidou and Noah Barkin.

  • Report: ECB official says no help on Greek bonds Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 5:22 AM ET

    BERLIN-- A senior European Central Bank official is insisting that the bank can't help Greece by agreeing to roll over the government bonds it holds or accept lower interest rates. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who wants more time to enact reforms and budget cuts, has suggested the ECB could help that way.

  • ECB can't extend maturity of Greek bonds - Asmussen Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:13 PM ET

    BERLIN, Oct 5- The European Central Bank cannot extend the maturity of Greece's bonds or reduce their interest rates, ECB executive board member Joerg Asmussen told German top-selling tabloid Bild, according to an advance copy of an article due to appear on Sunday.

  • Greek PM Samaras welcomes Merkel visit Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:01 AM ET

    ATHENS, Oct 5- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras welcomed on Friday German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit Athens next week, her first since Greece's international bailout two years ago. Merkel has accepted our invitation, "Samaras told reporters in Athens."

  • BERLIN, Oct 5- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will fly to Athens on Tuesday to meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, her spokesman said on Friday, her first trip to Greece since the euro zone debt crisis erupted there.

  • Germany's Merkel to visit Greece next week Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:41 AM ET

    BERLIN-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Greece next week for the first time since the debt crisis erupted to meet the country's prime minister _ who warned Friday that Athens will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't receive the next part of its bailout loans.

  • Greek PM says country's till will empty by end-Nov Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:47 AM ET

    BERLIN-- Greece will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't receive the next planned installment of its bailout loans, the country's prime minister has said. Greece has relied on bailouts from increasingly impatient international creditors since May 2010.

  • GREECE - Factors to Watch on October 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:25 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday there was no timeline for the conclusion of talks under way on Greece's bailout program as hopes faded in Athens of a deal with international lenders on austerity cuts before a Eurogroup meeting on Monday. Two of Greece's biggest banks, National Bank.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 17 to 29 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed flat at 5,827.78 points on Thursday, shrugging off an expected decision by the Bank of England to leave monetary policy unchanged, but failing to hold on to a one-week intra-day high of 5,854.16 points.

  • BERLIN, Oct 5- Greek leader Antonis Samaras told a German paper in an interview published on Friday his country could not manage beyond November without the next tranche of international aid and suggested the ECB could help by easing the terms of its Greek debt holdings. Asked how long Greece could manage without it, he said: "Until the end of November.

  • By Dina Kyriakidou and Lefteris Papadimas. ATHENS, Oct 3- Greece's hopes of striking a deal with its lenders before euro zone finance ministers meet next week dimmed on Wednesday, when officials admitted the two sides disagree on how much the economy will contract in 2013- a key figure in their calculations.

  • Greece: differences with creditors 'fairly large' Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:24 PM ET

    Yiannis Stournaras said "fairly large" differences remain with debt inspectors from the so-called "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank. We shall see, "he told journalists after briefing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on the day's negotiations in Athens.

  • ATHENS, Oct 3- Greece's talks with international lenders to reach an agreement on an 11.5 billion euro austerity package are progressing well, the country's finance minister said on Wednesday. "Discussions with the troika are on a good track," Yannis Stournaras told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

  • Greece looks out to sea for gas wealth salvation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    LONDON/ MILAN, Oct 3- Offshore natural gas could dramatically change Greece's fortunes, should early estimates of $600 billion worth of reserves be confirmed, according to a study presented to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in June and seen by Reuters.

  • By Lefteris Papadimas and Dina Kyriakidou. ATHENS, Oct 1- Greece will bring forward painful budget cuts to end a decade of primary deficits while grappling with a sixth year of recession, according to a 2013 budget draft aimed at satisfying international lenders.

  • By Lefteris Papadimas and Dina Kyriakidou. ATHENS, Oct 1- Greece will bring forward painful budget cuts to end a decade of primary deficits while grappling with a sixth year of recession, according to a 2013 budget draft aimed at satisfying international lenders.

  • Greece recession to enter 6th year, budget shows Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- Greece's brutal recession is set to extend into a sixth year in 2013, when the economy will contract by another 3.8 percent, according to forecasts in the draft budget submitted to Parliament on Monday.

  • By Lefteris Papadimas and Dina Kyriakidou. ATHENS, Oct 1- Greece will bring forward painful budget cuts to end a decade of primary deficits while grappling with a sixth year of recession, according to a 2013 budget draft aimed at satisfying international lenders.