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  • LONDON— Barely a year after emerging from a savage recession comparable in its intensity to the Great Depression in the U.S., Greece's economy is shrinking again. When figures last fall showed the Greek economy finally growing again after a recession that saw it shrink by a quarter and unemployment and poverty levels swell dramatically, then Prime Minister...

  • LONDON, March 1- The latest episode of Greece's debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe's main financial centre and a hotbed of Euroscepticism. To sceptics, the election of a radical leftist-led government in Athens committed to tearing up Greece's bailout looks like the start of an...

  • *Greece says can overcome immediate funding crunch. MADRID/ ATHENS, March 2- Euro zone countries are discussing a third bailout for Greece worth 30 billion to 50 billion euros, Spain's economy minister said on Monday, but EU officials said there were no such talks. Speaking at an event in Pamplona, northern Spain, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the new rescue...

  • MADRID— Spain created hours of confusion over the future of Greece's troubled finances Monday by announcing that eurozone nations were negotiating a third Greek bailout of up to 50 billion euros, then backtracking by saying the prospect of such a bailout is merely hypothetical. The high profile sequence of events began when Spain's Economy Ministry said...

  • ROME— The principality of Monaco has signed an accord with Italy aimed at ending banking secrecy, days after Switzerland and Liechtenstein inked similar pledges to exchange financial information with Rome. Italy's finance ministry said that the accord with Monaco, signed on Monday, will allow administrative cooperation and will "strengthen the fight...

  • ATHENS, March 2- Greece's government sought to assure its creditors and investors on Monday that it can cover its funding needs this month, including repaying a 1.5 billion euro loan to the International Monetary Fund. Athens is running out of options to fund itself despite striking a deal with the euro zone in February to extend its bailout by four months.

  • BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's hoping for a good future for Greece in the eurozone as Germany pushes Athens to comply fully with the terms of its financial bailout. Germany's Parliament signed off Friday on a four-month extension to Greece's bailout, an agreement under which the new Greek government committed to honoring its financial...

  • Germany trusts Greece to fulfill bailout terms Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's finance minister said Sunday that he trusts Greece's current government to fulfill the conditions for the bailout deal, but also made clear the country would not receive any further money if it didn't. At the same time, Schaeuble warned that if Greece did not fulfill the demands laid out by the eurozone finance ministers in a four-month...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Yanis Varoufakis also said...

  • If Greece doesn't stick to that, there will be no further aid, "Schaeuble said according to the pre-publication extract. He said a Grexit was not the desired outcome and nobody had forced a bailout upon Greece so the ball was in Athens' court. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras denied on Friday that Greece would need another international bailout.

  • AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said Saturday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Yanis Varoufakis also said...

  • ATHENS, Feb 27- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras denied on Friday that his country would have to seek a third international bailout when a four month extension to its current programme expires. Tsipras also said the government had requested a reduction in the country's debt, even though EU/IMF creditors insist Greece must meet its obligations in full.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department...

  • *Greece faces 1.5 bln euro debt payment to IMF in March. *Pressure on Athens to quickly complete bailout review for aid. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Feb 27- Greece is running out of options to fund itself despite a four-month bailout extension, raising pressure on Athens to quickly implement reforms it has vocally opposed or default on debt repayments in a matter of weeks.

  • Germany backs Greek plan but bailout fatigue grows Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:23 PM ET
    A man adjusts a European flag, next to a Greek flag outside the Greek embassy in Brussels February 19, 2015.

    Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout but a number of dissenters underscored growing skepticism in Berlin.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department...

  • Greek prime minister rules out third bailout Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's new radical left government has no intention of seeking another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country's prime minister said Friday. Alexis Tsipras remarks came hours after lawmakers in Germany, a key rescue loan...

  • *Greece faces 1.5 bln euro debt payment to IMF in March. *Pressure on Athens to quickly complete bailout review for aid. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Feb 27- Greece is running out of options to fund itself despite a four-month bailout extension, raising pressure on Athens to quickly implement reforms it has vocally opposed or default on debt repayments in a matter of weeks.

  • *Debate reflects breakdown in German trust in Greece. With Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble promising not to let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners, 542 members of the Bundestag voted "yes" to the extension, while 32 opposed it and 13 abstained. The broader German population also grown more sceptical since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took power last...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners. "We Germans should do everything to keep Europe together as far as we can and bring it together again and...