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  • German parliament approves Greek bailout extension Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 5:32 AM ET

    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 it would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners. With 542 lawmakers voting in favour, including almost all of. Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged parliament on Friday to take what he acknowledged was a difficult decision and approve an extension of Greece's bailout, assuring them Athens would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners. The 72- year-old minister, who has repeatedly voiced his own doubts about whether the new...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged parliament on Friday to take what he acknowledged was a difficult decision and approve an extension of Greece's bailout, assuring them Athens would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners.

  • *Greece still faces risk of exit from euro zone. LONDON, Feb 26- The global slump in demand for dry freight commodities is adding more pain to Greece's already crisis-hit banks by heaping pressure on many of their shipowner clients, particularly the smaller companies. Greece has secured an extension to its bailout from its European partners, but the danger of it...

  • VIENNA, Feb 26- France sees itself as a link between Greece and its euro zone peers, Finance Minister Michel Sapin told an Austrian paper, reiterating his call for economic policies that can foster growth and boost ultra-low inflation in Europe. We cannot act as if nothing changed in Greece with the last elections, "he was quoted as saying by Der Standard in an...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Ireland has no problem in principle with the idea of swapping Greece's official debt for growth-linked bonds but would have to see the details of any proposal, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday. Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to a four-month extension of Greece's EU/IMF bailout programme, subject to its economic...

  • *Germany's Schaeuble requests parliament vote to extend bailout. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Feb 24- Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue on Tuesday when its euro zone partners approved a reform plan that backed down on key leftist measures and promised that spending to alleviate social distress would not derail its budget.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Copper rose on Tuesday as investors were encouraged over Greece's bailout plan and as oil prices staged a rebound. Euro zone finance ministers approved Greece's reform plan, paving the way for a four-month extension of its financial rescue after Athens backed down on key leftist reforms. Also supporting the market was a rebound on oil markets,...

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension moves Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly four years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Shares in National Bank of Greece were up 16 percent, Alpha Bank up 15...

  • BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece was on course to win a four-month extension of its euro zone financial rescue on Tuesday after backing down further to its partners on key leftist reforms and promising that measures to alleviate social distress will not derail its budget. Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem convened a telephone conference of finance...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Portugal's government debt market is likely to benefit more than any other in the euro zone from the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme that starts next month. While Portugal's total debt is one of the highest in the bloc, having been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union during the debt crisis, its stock...

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension expectations Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly 4 years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Volatile Greek banking stocks were the top gainers across Europe, with...

  • Eurogroup conference call on Greece to start 1300 GMT Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:56 AM ET

    Feb 24- Euro zone finance ministers will hold a teleconference call on Greece's reform plans and a four-month extension of its bailout from 1300 GMT on Monday, Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight that was "a valid starting point" for talks over its bailout, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout program for an additional...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece has sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout programme for an additional four months, in a deal struck with euro zone partners on...

  • ATHENS, Feb 23- Greece will send its economic reform plans to euro zone finance ministers on Tuesday morning, a government official said, missing a Monday deadline for submitting the list which is a condition for extending the country's bailout program. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras staged a climbdown in Brussels on Friday to win the...

  • ATHENS, Feb 23- Greece will submit a list of reforms to the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers on Tuesday morning, a Greek government official said on Monday. The Eurogroup had set a Monday deadline for Athens to supply the list, which is a condition for securing a four-month extension to the country's bailout programme. The list would include measures to...

  • *Germany gets its way in bailout clash with Greece. The bailout extension deal that Germany and its European partners clinched with Greece on Friday after weeks of public jousting between the countries had a similar feel. Their pledge to roll back German-ordered austerity and keep Greece in the euro always looked unrealistic.

  • After often ill-tempered negotiations, Greece secured late on Friday a four-month extension to euro zone funding, which will avert bankruptcy and a euro exit, provided it comes up with promises of economic reforms by Monday. Tsipras and his Syriza party won power last month on promises to end Greece's EU/IMF bailout programme and end cooperation with the...