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
*11 countries back financial transaction tax* Britain, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly oppose* Greek police battle protesters as Merkel visits Athens* French lawmakers endorse fiscal discipline treaty By John O'Donnell and Harry Papachristou.
ATHENS, Greece-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from many ordinary Greeks Tuesday when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago.
*UK, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly opposed. The initiative, pushed hard by Germany and France but strongly opposed by Britain, Sweden and other free-marketeers, gained critical mass at a European Union finance ministers' meeting in Luxembourg, when more than the required nine states agreed to use a treaty provision to launch the tax.
ATHENS, Greece-- German chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country.
ATHENS, Oct 9- The pace of reform in Greece has accelerated, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday during a visit to Athens marred by clashes between police and protesters.
ATHENS, Oct 9- The tough path Greece is on will pay off, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday during a visit to Athens marred by clashes between police and protesters.
ATHENS, Greece-- German leader Angela Merkel arrived amid draconian security measures and a mass protest in Athens Tuesday for her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began there three years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.