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.» Read More
*Greece has fourth-highest milk prices in EU. LARISSA, Greece, Aug 5- Grassroots movements to cut out middlemen have been on the increase since Greece's debt crisis exposed the country's Achilles heel- a bureaucratic system which stifles innovation and encourages corruption.
FRANKFURT/ ATHENS, Aug 4- Brussels is considering scrapping the troika that supervises Greek reforms to allow Athens to pursue its own plan to bolster the economy in return for a drip-feed of debt relief, European officials say.
ATHENS, Aug 4- Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker played down on Monday the option of an outright writing off of part of the euro zone loans to Greece to make the country's debt more manageable.
WASHINGTON- Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg holds a press conference from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington- 1100 GMT. ATHENS- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visits Athens and meets Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras- 0800 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.
BEIJING- Sixth round of the U.S.- China Strategic and Economic Dialog will be held in Beijing, China. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry will join their respective Chinese co-chairs, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, for the Dialog.
CHARLOTTE, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, July 2014" before a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Charlotte in Charlotte- 1700 GMT.
WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand delivers a speech on "The evolution of New Zealand's currency." AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure speaks at a conference in Aix-en-Provence on European investments- 0815 GMT.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- Annual "Davos in Provence" meeting. Speakers:- IMF chief Christine Lagarde, ECB Executive board member Benoit Coeure, Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer and France Finance Minister Michel Sapin.
FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council meeting, followed by interest rate announcement and a news conference- 1145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank announces interest rate decision. HOBART, Australia- RBA Governor Glenn Stevens addresses the Australian Conference of Economists and the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting in Hobart- 0100 GMT.
WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives Michel Camdessus lecture at an event hosted by the International Monetary Fund in Washington- 1400 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank holds Monetary Policy meeting. LONDON- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle gives a speech to the Financial Times Camp Alphaville Conference in London- 1105 GMT.
WASHINGTON- The US-China Business Council will host a conversation with U.S. The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy will moderate the discussion. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent speaks at Adam Smith Institute' Power Lunch'.
ZURICH- Bank for International Settlements releases its annual report. IDAHO, United States- 2014 Montana and Utah Bankers Association meeting. PARIS- 6th International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean on Beyond the Golden Decade?
WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks in New York on "Monetary policy and Income inequality" at the Charles Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics. LONDON- Bank of England publishes half-yearly Financial Stability Report and Governor Mark Carney holds news conference- 0930 GMT.
Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff.
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.