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  • Spain: Google News vanishes amid 'Google Tax' spat Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 AM ET

    MADRID— Google on Tuesday followed through with a pledge to shut down Google News in Spain in reaction to a Spanish law requiring news publishers to receive payment for content even if they are willing to give it away. The company's Spanish Google News page, normally full of aggregated news content, vanished and was replaced by a message saying Google was "...

  • EU: Greek defiance on debt would be 'suicidal' Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— A refusal by Greece to repay bailout debts would be "suicidal" for the country, the European Union's top finance official said Monday in a clear warning to the country's popular opposition. Moscovici's two-day visit went ahead despite stalled negotiations between Greece and bailout creditors, and took place ahead of a parliamentary vote that...

  • ATHENS, Dec 13- Greece's radical leftist opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday of sowing fear in the country to win support for a presidential vote the government must win to avoid a snap election. Tsipras's Syriza party, which wants to tear up Greece's EU/IMF bailout deal, is likely to win an election, polls show, and...

  • ATHENS, Dec 13- Greece's radical leftist opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday of sowing fear in the country to win support for a presidential vote the government must win to avoid a snap election. Tsipras's Syriza party, which wants to tear up Greece's EU/IMF bailout deal, is likely to win an election, polls show, and...

  • Greek Crisis 2.0? Not quite yet Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    A fast read on the situation in Greece:. Those measures would support the other eurozone countries and help keep markets from losing confidence in them even if something disruptive happens in Greece. Q: What happened in Greece to trigger all this?

  • DUBLIN, Dec 12- Fergus Reynolds has supported Ireland's governing Fine Gael party for 43 years, but this week he joined tens of thousands of people to march against them and pledged never to vote for Prime Minister Enda Kenny again. This is what much of the fastest-growing economy in Europe looks like at the end of 2014 as post-austerity Ireland serves a timely...

  • Thousands of Italians protest economic reforms Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:42 AM ET

    MILAN— Tens of thousands of union workers marched through more than 50 Italian cities on Friday to protest government economic reforms that they say erode their rights. In a sign of discord within his own Democratic Party, some of its members joined the marches. Susanna Camusso, the leader of CGIL, Italy's largest union, led a protest march in the northern city of...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 25 Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to speak on "May change happen"- 1200 GMT. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Norges Bank Investment Management Director Yngve Slyngstad hold lectures for the regional network. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank holds monetary policy meeting.

  • Italy to run F-35 fighter jet service center Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    MILAN— Italy's defense minister and the U.S. ambassador to Italy announced Thursday that an Italian site run by defense contractor Finmeccanica has been designated as the assembly site and maintenance center for all F-35 fighter jets based in Europe. The deal announced in Rome is a boost for Italy, which is suffering from double-digit unemployment and...

  • Fiat Chrysler denies plans to expatriate Ferrari Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    MILAN— Carmaker Fiat Chrysler is denying rumors that Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari SpA is considering moving its tax home out of Italy as part of a spinoff. Fiat said in a statement Thursday that "these rumors have no grounds," and that Ferrari's activities "will continue to be subject to Italian tax jurisdiction." The newly merged Fiat Chrysler...

  • Ireland's economic growth slows to 3.5 percent Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    DUBLIN— Ireland's economic growth is slowing but the country remains on course to record the European Union's biggest gains in 2014, official figures showed Thursday. The Central Statistics Office said Ireland's annual growth in gross domestic product slowed to 3.5 percent in the third quarter. Ireland has rebounded strongly following its exit from a...

  • Google News to go dark in Spain over 'Google Tax' Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:19 PM ET

    MADRID— Google said Thursday it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers' content from appearing on it— ahead of a new law requiring the Internet search company to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or snippets of news. The move marks the first time globally that Google Inc. will shutter Google News and comes ahead of a...

  • Thousands crowd Dublin to denounce Irish water tax Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    DUBLIN— Tens of thousands of protesters brought Dublin to a standstill Wednesday in a mass protest against Ireland's planned new tax on household water supplies, the last major measure in the country's six-year austerity drive. Elsewhere, near the cordoned-off entrance to Ireland's parliament building, protesters chanting "Whose streets?

  • ATHENS, Dec 9- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras named his candidate on Tuesday for the Greek presidency under a gamble that, if it fails, would force snap parliamentary elections when anti-bailout leftists would probably come out on top. Financial markets took the uncertainty badly, with Greek stocks and bonds tumbling on the plan to start voting for the...

  • Greek stocks plummet on fear of political crisis Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    If the vote in Greece's parliament is inconclusive, investors fear it could lead to general elections and a possible victory for an opposition party that wants to modify the bailout. The main left-wing opposition party, Syriza, which is leading in the polls, has said it will demand a substantial cut to what Greece owes in rescue loans if it is elected.

  • The decision came after euro zone finance ministers said they were in favour of granting Greece its request for only a two-month extension to its bailout programme, a boost for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who has been pushing for an early exit from the programme which is deeply unpopular in Greece. The decision effectively throws down the gauntlet to...

  • Greek govt gambles on early presidential vote Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's conservative-led government on Monday called for a key vote in parliament for the country's new president late this month— in a surprise move that will determine its survival in the recession-weary country. Voultepsi said the presidential vote was shifted so Greece would be in a stronger position to negotiate with the lenders, who...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 8- Euro zone finance ministers are in favour of granting Greece a two-month extension of its bailout program, which Athens will ask for on Tuesday, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday. Greece's parliament approved next year's budget in the early hours of Monday, the plan being closest to a balanced budget Greece has produced in more...

  • Eurozone extends Greek bailout for 2 months Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    European Union loans are due to stop at year end as Greece recovers from its economic crisis and debt default. Greece would then be switched from bailout loans to a standby credit line with less onerous conditions. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is eager to leave behind the unpopular bailout regime that has seen other eurozone governments and the...

  • BERLIN, Dec 7- Italy and France expressed irritation on Sunday with a call from Chancellor Angela Merkel for them to do more to bring their budgets into line with EU rules, telling the German leader to focus on her own economic woes instead of lecturing others. In an interview with German daily Die Welt, Merkel had called on Italy and France to enact additional...