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  • BRUSSELS, Jan 23- Greece will have to ask for a new extension to its euro zone bailout programme before 1.8 billion euros in pending aid can be paid, a senior euro zone official said on Friday, stressing that a new government must first be in place to do so. Although the International Monetary Fund will continue to back Athens, the country needs to be under an European...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Jan 22- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's crusade to win back investor confidence has entrusted policymakers with the tough mission of hiking interest rates while major central banks cut them, raising the prospect of another recession in Latin America's biggest economy. The move left the Brazilian central bank at odds with the...

  • Spain: Unemployment stuck at 23.7 percent in Q4 Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain's unemployment rate remained stuck at 23.7 percent in the fourth quarter ending in December compared with the previous three-month period, marking an end to a series of joblessness rate declines throughout 2014, the government's statistics agency said Thursday. The National Statistics Institute put the total number of unemployed at a...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • European shares rise for 5th day on ECB stimulus bets Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 21- European shares rose for a fifth straight day to close at a seven-year high on Wednesday as speculation mounted about the size and timing of a sovereign bond-buying programme expected to be unveiled by the European Central Bank. A euro zone source told Reuters on Wednesday the ECB's Executive Board has proposed that the bank buy 50 billion...

  • A look at Greece's debt debate before elections Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece goes to the polls Sunday with voters given a tough choice over how to handle the country's debt after six years of recession badly weakened its economy. Although Greece reached a major restructuring deal with private creditors three years ago, its economy has shrunk by a quarter during the recession to an annual output of 188 billion euros,...

  • 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...

  • PARIS, Jan 20- European shares touched new seven-year highs on Tuesday after data showed China's economic growth slowed less than feared and on expectations the European Central Bank will launch a quantitative easing programme later this week. Danish enzyme maker Novozymes featured among the top gainers, surging 5.1 percent, with traders citing a new...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 16- Euro zone officials discussed on Thursday extending Greece's bailout program by up to six months more to allow time for talks with any new government in Athens on closing the current bailout and on what should replace it. Athens had hoped to replace it with an Enhanced Conditions Credit Line from the euro zone bailout fund that it would never...

  • *Faltering euro zone and China, disinflation biggest risks. BENGALURU, Jan 15- Global economic growth will be modest at best in the coming year as weak inflation persists, Reuters polls showed on Thursday, while a faltering euro zone and China could restrain it further. Economists polled over the past week by Reuters say the biggest risk to the global economy this...

  • Jan 15- The European Central Bank will almost certainly embark on a sovereign bond purchase program, and possibly announce one as soon as next week, according to economists in a Reuters poll. After exhausting almost every other policy tool- interest rates are rock-bottom, banks have been flooded with cheap cash and financial securities snapped up- buying...

  • LUXEMBOURG— The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Ryanair has the right to block or impose conditions on price comparison websites that mine data from the budget carrier's online database without its permission. The court ruled in a long-running dispute in Dutch courts between Ryanair and Dutch company PR Aviation over a practice known as...

  • EU offers some budget relief to struggling nations Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union is giving member states struggling with debt more leeway in their spending plans despite EU rules on deficits and debt. EU officials raised the possibility Wednesday for nations like Italy and France to contribute to a planned 315 billion euro investment scheme to spur growth and jobs in Europe, even if their budgets are already...

  • Spain's Rajoy backs Greek austerity before poll Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 6:29 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday defended Greece's tough bailout program, ahead of a general election here that could see his fellow conservatives lose power to leftwing challengers. Samaras' New Democracy party faces elections on Jan. 25 and is trailing in opinion polls to the anti-austerity, leftwing Syriza party, which is...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Jan 25 Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks on "Goal-Based Monetary Policy Report" before the MNI Near Year New Challenges event- 2200 GMT. LONDON- UK Finance Minister George Osborne gives a speech to the Royal Economic Society, hosted by Bank of England- 1730 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney speaks at the...

  • 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...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The euro wallowed near a nine-year low on Friday, as speculation grew that the European Central Bank will embark on quantitative easing soon and U.S. jobs data will be good enough to cement the case for a rate hike by the Federal Reserve. ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday the bank's Governing Council stands ready to take unconventional...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Jan 22 Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota participates in a Public Town Hall Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis- 0100 GMT. RICHMOND, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker discusses the economic outlook at the joint Virginia Bankers Association and Virginia Chamber...

  • *Greek bond yields surge on doubts about Greece's euro future. LONDON, Jan 7- German Bund yields bounced off record lows on Wednesday after euro zone inflation data showed sinking oil prices did not push down the cost of other goods and services, although expectations for more ECB easing remained high. Euro zone markets at large were dominated by speculation on...

  • DUBLIN, Jan 5- Ireland's budget deficit is likely to have fallen by less than expected in 2014, a finance ministry official said on Monday, as a jump in year-end government spending prompted some concern that fiscal discipline may be slipping. Ireland's deficit fell to around 4 percent of gross domestic product at the end of 2014, John Palmer, a principal officer...