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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • *Spain- German 10- yr yield gap falls below 100 bps. LONDON, Jan 2- Government bond yields fell to new record lows across the euro zone on Friday on expectations the European Central Bank is set to fight slowing inflation with new stimulus measures in the new year. German, French, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, Portuguese, Belgian and Finnish yields hit record lows after...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- Shares fell in Europe and Greek debt yields rose on Monday after the parliament in Athens rejected the government's presidential candidate, setting the stage for an election that anti-bailout party Syriza could win. Greece's Syriza party wants to wipe out a big part of the country's debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union...

  • Italian, Spanish stocks fall ahead of Greek vote Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 29- Stock markets in debt-laden Italy and Spain fell in early deals on Monday ahead of a presidential vote that threatens the future of Greece's international bailout. Blue-chip indexes in Italy and Spain were down 0.7 percent at 0808 GMT, while the euro zone-wide Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.3 percent. "Anyone who wants to get involved in the market...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...